Yes, there is good cause for the excitement over this vintage. Very forward yet zingy wines are pretty much the rule this vintage. This is no exception. Upon sampling from barrel, experienced tasters have sometimes remarked how it seems like a well-structured, concentrated Pinot Noir. I just think it tastes like our OMV with loamy earth, blueberry, red and black fruits, white pepper and slight toastiness. It reminds me very much of the 1997 OMV at this stage.