Laura called it beautiful and full-bodied. Jan said it was very nice with a great nose and balance. Kim loved the nose and softness, but not the $45 price. I loved the violet color and mouthfeel. Jim called it a keeper. It scored better than four stars.
Kim and Brian felt it was a really smooth Pinot and an astounding value. I loved it's pale ruby color and found it fruit forward, well balanced and with a good finish. Ken gave it five stars and described it as delightful.
We went back to Australia for the fifth wine of the day, 2010 Graffigna Malbec reserve. At $13 this wine spun some heads in our group. The color was deep dark and I picked up chocolate and cherries on the nose.
I had seen Phil Baily earlier and he sent me off with a bottle of his Baily Winery 2008 M & M, 60% Merlot/40% Malbec blend. Tony wasn't shy with his opinion: "Super great nose!Awesome taste! Drinks like a $100 bottle."