In the glass, this wine is smoky garnet in color. The nose starts out with lots of cherry and a gamey edge. The latter fades with aeration and gives way to mushroom and notes of grilled meats. The palate shows cherry on entry and follows with mineral notes with a slightly green, bell pepper edge. This body of this wine is in the upper light range with soft, silky tannins. The medium finish carries cherry and green pepper notes.
The 2005 Santa Barbara County offering is unmistakably Pinot Noir. A bit lean and tight but with straightforward fruit flavors and interesting character with a bit of a green edge at the end. This proves to be an asset when paired with savory foods. A lot of wine for the price: very good value. Expected to soften and mature a bit over the next 3 years or so.
Fairly good. No flaws.