Methode A’Boring

Medium garnet with pink edges.  Oaky nose not showing much of what I have come to expect from this briary favorite.  Moderate dark-thinnish fruit, shallow and under-whelming.  I have worshiped this bottle for decades and this is easily the least impressive of many vintages.  It really drinks as a low-budget Pinot offering from RRV or Sonoma and not the Anderson Valley powerhouse I have come to expect.

In the mouth, definite barnyard and heat and nothing compellingly representative of the genre or pedigree.  Fruit one-dimensional and boring.  Finish brings back woodsy memories but an a-typical afterthought of where this wine should be.  A lackluster vintage, and hopefully not a bellwether of where the label is headed.  I’ve had La Cremas and Castle Rock’s more impressive than this.

2012 Navarro Methode A’Lancienne Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Mendocino  14.3

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