Winnowing the cellar. I pulled three older California pinots from the cellar to see if there was anything left. Short answer: not much, but it depends.

1998 Flowers Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard

Faded with a bit of red fruit still there. Harsh on the palate. No score, not fair to score it this late.

1998 Flowers Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Did everybody make a pinot from Pisoni? Some dusty red fruit, not awful, just way past its prime.. No score, not fair to score it this late.

2004 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Coopersmith Vineyard

The best of the three. A faint nose of lavender. Still nice red fruit, strawberry, cranberry. Fine tannins, nice acidity and balance. A bit harsh on the finish. "B-"

Charlie