The other night, while dining with a friend, I opened a 2003 Mueller Russian River Pinot Noir from Emily’s Vineyard from my cellar to go with seared ahi tuna, sautéed mushrooms and a tomato salad drizzled with olive oil and topped with buffalo mozzarella. The wine had earned a spot in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2006, coming it at number 54.
Dinner was great and the wine was stunning, exhibiting great finesse and complexity, offering about all you could imagine from a six-year-old Pinot. It had retained its youthful fruitiness and vibrancy—with fresh raspberry, cherry and plum—and ended with a mineral and spicy attribute. Six is a magic age for Pinot, and this bottling provided ample evidence of how well Pinots from Sonoma's Russian River appellation can age. I gave it 96 points, non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Mueller Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Emily's Cuvée 2003 (93, $38 on release).