"The nose of the 2004 Pinot noir, Seven Springs Vineyard is dominated by sweet, wild, almost brambly fruits with pie spice, white pepper, and sweet cherry notes. There is a dusty quality to the aromas that reminds me of wild blackberries picked beside the road. Initially the layered dark red and black raspberry fruits dominate, then spices and complex focused flavors follow into its long finish. The tannins are full, but not heavy, and there is an attractive lushness over the entire palate. The finish is long and elegant.
This is wine for game and wild mushrooms - those wild and earthy flavors in the food bring out all the layers in this wine. Roast leg of lamb, duck, cassoulet, hearty beef roasts, and wild mushroom risotto are great matches. When drunk young, this Pinot will benefit by decanting with vigorous aeration 2-4 hours before serving.
All of the 2004s have the balance of acid and tannin and moderate alcohols that will allow them to age effortlessly. I suggest that you either drink Seven Springs when it is young (up to five years from vintage) or wait until it is at least eight years old. In the early years, you will enjoy the freshness of the fruit balanced with its rustic qualities. By waiting longer, aged flavors develop and Seven Springs will increase in both intensity and purity of its components. It will be worth the wait. Seven Springs Pinot noirs will continue developing for 12-15 years.