2008 Exuberance Pinot Noir
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
What do you get when you combine the winemaking skills of Alex Beloz, the vineyard management of the legendary, Phil Coturri - and the passion of Bill Canihan? That’s easy… Today’s powerful, expressive 2008 Canihan Family Cellars Exuberance Pinot Noir!
Shy, initially, decant this highly recommended beauty and enjoy the spoils of our discovery. It really comes alive with a little decanting or swirling.
This darkly delicious Pinot Noir comes from Canihan’s estate vineyard, which borders on Los Carneros. We’ve always loved Canihan’s offerings and today’s wine is no exception. This 2009 Exuberance Pinot, Bill Canihan’s flagship wine, delivers more oomph than we’ve experienced from Canihan’s wines in the past - and we love it for that!
Deep and concentrated, with to color of dark plum juice. When swirled, ruby highlights catch the light. As the wine settles, wine-stained legs move swiftly down the glass.
On opening, this wine delivers stewed stonefruit, rhubarb, black cherry, dark brown spice and cedar. As the wine opens, it adds subtle sassafras, tomato vine, fresh potting soil and black cherry candy.
Delicious, lush dark plum, black cherry, rhubarb pie, sassafras, toasty vanilla and dark chocolate powder take the lead. After the wine breathes for a while, it reveals subtle dried violets and a hint of graphite.
Long and very flavorful, with dark fruit flavors that actually increase for a moment, radiating flavor and earthy components outward to the edges of the palate. At the tail end, a softly dry, crushed velvet feel persists, along with dried flowers and subtle minerals.