For those of you that receive our weekly newsletter you'll know that last Saturday the February 28th was the wine drinkers holiday "Open That Bottle Night." It always falls on the last Saturday of February and "is the event you have been waiting for...the time when you are entitled to uncork that cherished bottle and enjoy the contents..." as they say on their website & if you ever do want to celebrate a different day use #otbn in a social media post to show your festivities. This was the first year I remembered to celebrate it and I did it by open a bottle of St. Innocent Winery Momtazi Vineyards Pinot Noir. (I misspoke on the vintage of this wine, the bottle I opened was a 2009, not a 2008 like I had said in the newsletter.) We carry the 2012 vintage of this wine and I look very forward to trying it fresh considering how delicious this wine was after 6 years of hanging out int he bottle. It says right on the back of the label that you should let it breath for about 1-2 hours, but I was a bit impatient and drank a glass straight away and was pleased and surprised... That first taste was full of light cherry notes and a noticeable but pleasant oakiness, a tartness that I would not have expected from a Pinot Noir and a light lingering spiciness that followed the oakiness very slyly, I could tell instantly that I needed to wait a bit for the rest of the bottle. After running some errands and leaving the bottle rest for a coupe hours I went back and visited it and was pleased to find the extra air time had made a world of difference; the spice and oakiness faded away to after thought flavors and the cherry fruit stayed strong with a light underlying tartness that was almost more like the flavor of fresh currants then tart cherries. All in all, not only was OTBN a success, but the wine I chose was delicious and I definitely want to pick up a 2012 bottle to compare their flavors.