Saturday, May 29, 2010
Just a quick note on the Pinot Noirs from Ambullneo Vineyards. This winery is a favorite of some friends of mine and they love to share it. Last night, we had two offerings, the 2007 Bulldog, sourced from the Santa Maria Valley and the 2008 Canis Major, a blend of fruit from Carneros and the Santa Maria Valley. Both of these high octane Pinots pack a wallop of black fruit, spicy oak, olive and cola flavors. Of the two, I slightly preferred the Bulldog for the additional rosemary scented nose. Not for the faint of heart or those who prefer more subtle, traditionally-styled Pinot Noir. My mind can only image the levels of extraction this winery achieves with its Syrah.