2008 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe

Brian's Clos Pepe Pinots were Pat's favorite. This one is still a nice bottle although definitely showing its age. A deep candied cherry nose. The fruit has darkened on the palate from what I recall of the Clos Pepe in its youth. Black cherries, currants, anise. A little of the tell tale brown sugar element is starting to manifest. Nice balance among the tannins, acid and fruit. Finishes moderately long with dark fruits and a slight sour note. The 15.2% ABV is not noticeable until the very end of the finish. Nice enough now, but I'd drink these up. A "B+" but trending down.