Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Walker Bay Pinot Noir 2010 92 Points
Medium clear, bright, ruby red with slight purple rim, medium plus concentration, high viscosity!
Clean, medium plus intensity, ripe profile, dark stony red fruits such as plums, Morello cherries and blackberries, pure with graphite, cedary, earthy, and some stemmy element, NOT green or herbaceous, it actually lends an almost delicate floral element to it, such as almond milk, oak still need to be integrated but well judged, earthy, tight, need +/- 6 years, based on experience and knowledge of previous vintages.
Dry, medium plus acidity, sappy freshness, crunchy, firm structure, medium plus tannin, stony red fruits follows through, punchy masculine profile, ripe with high alcohol (14.5%) but well concealed with the ripe fruit density, borderline ripeness, need time, embryonic, possibly 6 to 8 years for structure to fully integrate, will be beautiful and gracious when aged, intense and energetic finished fine length.
Best revisited around 2017/18, if kept under the right cellaring condition, shall keep until 2022+
Tasted 17 April 2012