Garnet in color with a mild nose of some red berries and maybe even chocolate. On the mid pallet the wine displays red berry notes more reminiscent of a cab than a pinot. I found myself puzzled on this one for how to describe the mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity, and some nice dryness along with some rustic notes. The finish is firm and lingers in the mouth. I would give this wine an 88 or so. As the wine breathes some of the firmness of the wine dials back revealing a lot more of the fruit. More traditional softer red berries and raspberries start coming out as well as some more of the rustic notes. I would recommend you decant this wine for 1/2 an hour to an hour depending on how you like your pinots.
From the LCBO web site
Redhawk Vineyard Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2012 — VINTAGES#: 48710
Fresh, bright Pinot with notions of pomegranate, raspberry pie and cured meat. Good echoes on the palate, with lively acidity. Excellent price for Pinot of this quality. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2014) $21.95.
Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Oregon, USA By: Redhawk Winery Inc. Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Description Cheekily named with a nod to the Grateful Dead, this is a super-popular Pinot Noir every year with our customers. Always a great value, the 2012 was a fantastic vintage in Oregon, meaning this is one of the best bottlings to date.