You are greeted by deep aromas of dark cherry and strawberry that give way to subtle notes of cedar spice, mocha, and leather. Rich and lush red fruit flavors coat the palate, accentuating the medium body and tannins. Concentrated, yet balanced, this wine leaves you with a satisfying, lengthy finish.
A thinner wine, particularly on the barely-there nose, but the initially watery body eventually builds to offer some bolder notes of licorice, charred wood, roasted meats, and savory spices. The finish is earthier and meatier than I’d like, but that does help it to pair better with a bolder meal than most pinot noirs.
Oak and butter on top of oak and butter, pumped up beyond imagination. Hahn can so often be a model of restraint, but for 2015 someone threw open the throttle and just let everything fly. Well, some mild lemon notes notwithstanding, the blowout of vanilla and brown butter simply destroy any hope of nuance.