TN: Six Old Siduri PinotNoirs....(short/boring)

Drilled down into this box of Siduri Pinots last night:

  1. Siduri PinotNoir ChehalemMtns/WillametteVlly/OR (13.0%) 2007: Loud pop on opening screwtop; med.light color w/ some browning; rather tired/oldRed/cedary/pencilly little fruit nose; soft rather cedary/pencilly/oldRed fairly tired flavor w/ light gentle tannins; very little fruit left & pretty tired but not totally gone. $23.00

  1. Siduri PinotNoir AbreVertVnyd/WillametteVlly/OR (13.0%; 173 cs) 2007: Med.light bit murky/brown color; rather cedary/pencilly/oldRed no fruit quite tired nose; soft cedary/oldRed quite tired no fruit flavor w/ light tired tannins; even more tired & pretty much gone. $25.50

  1. Siduri PinotNoir KeeferRanch/RRV (14.1%) 2006: Light some browning color; interesting cedary/pencilly/oldRed some smokey/Siduri oak light PN fruit some complex nose; lightly tart rather cedary/pencilly/oldRed some Siduri oak slightly tired bit complex flavor w/ light gentle tannins; only slightly tired but still clinging to life. $39.50

  1. Siduri PinotNoir Garys’Vnyd/SantaLuciaHighlands (14.1%) 2008: Med.dark some browning color; some PN/cherry/grapefruity/bit herbal light earthy/dusty light Siduri/oak some complex nose but not at all tired; lightly tart light cherry/black cherry/PN/bit herbal quite smooth light Siduri/oak/smokey fairly complex fully mature PN flavor w/ light gentle tannins; a fully mature PN & then some but still offers up some gentle/mature pleasure. $37.50

  1. Siduri PinotNoir PisoniVnyd/SantaLuciaHighlands (14.7%; 250 cs) 2008: Med.dark color w/ some browning; some Siduri/smokey/oak some black cherry/PN/bit herbal mature/Burgundian slight cedary/pencilly fairly complex fully mature attractive nose; fairly tart/tangy some smokey/Siduri oak some black cherry/PN/black cherry cola smooth/velvety fully mature complex flavor w/ light smooth tannins; a rather attractive fully-mature somewhat Burgundian PN. $41.00

  1. Siduri PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd/StaRitaHills (14.1%) 2008: Med.color w/ some browning; very attractive cherry/black cherry/PN/black cherry cola some Siduri/smokey/Fr.oak quite complex fully mature nose; rather tart/tangy strong black cherry/black cherry cola/PN some smokey/Siduri oak rather smooth/silky/gentle fully mature complex slight Burgundian flavor w/ light smooth tannins; a lovely fully mature bit Burgundian complex PN that still offers up a lot of pleasure; a lovely PN and the best of this lot. $37.50

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. I didn’t expect a whole lot from these Pinots, but some of them delivered more than I would expect from them. They were all left out on the counter last night & by the time I was ready for my breakfast wine, they had all turned an ugly/murky brown color and were pretty much dead & gone.
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Wow! Were these all under screwcaps?

Maybe that was why he had trouble using the Durand.


Disappointing to read about the lack of fruit, particularly in the Santa Lucia wines.
I generally like my Cali-pinots with no more than 4 to 6 years of age; still disappointing to read that at 12+ years of age, they were over the hill. (No pun intended; well, ok, maybe a little.)

Only the ChehalemMtn, John.

Well, Tom…the Siduris were never particularly structured or agers & they mostly were in better shape than I expected.

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Many years ago was stuck in a hotel in Vancouver and Siduri was the only PN they had, so that’s what we drank for about a week. I always enjoyed those bottles and ever since, Siduri has kinda been on my good side. But haven’t had one in years and I think my leaner palate today might not align as well as it did then. I might give one a try if I see one at the store next time, just to see if they’re like I remember them.

I have some 2008 Rosella’s and they’re cork sealed. I’ll open one of these soon to check in on them after seeing Toms thoughts.

Tom - Thanks.
I appreciate that you found them better than expected. There is much talk about whether New World Pinot Noir, and California in particular, can improve with age. I tend to light bright fruit, spice and freshness in my pinot so drink them fairly young. I tend to be biased against the flavors and aromas of dried leaves, horse saddle, old library books, and grandpa’s leather slippers often found in old wines and perhaps read your notes (cedar/pencilly/oak/smoke/tired) with that underlying bias.
I enjoyed many a Siduri from the 2004-2008 vintage time frame but they were likely all consumed over 10 years ago.