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Professional Ratings: 90 Wine & Spirits, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: North Coast, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 105561
A product of the exceptional 2007 growing season, this medium-weight Pinot Noir reflects the depth and diversity of great Anderson Valley winegrowing, combining excellent structure and acidity, with layered fruit and firm tannins. Sophisticated aromas of star anise, morel mushrooms and toasty oak segue to enticing ripe berry and bittersweet chocolate notes, underscored by hints of black licorice and truffle. A marriage of strength and harmony, this Pinot Noir should age very well.
This wine makes a strong first impression: a bold hit of dark berries, a cool, spicy length of flavor that's more than just fruit. There's an earth tone to the tannin that adds a subtle black olive-skin or black mushroom savor. And then oak makes its presence clear. Supple and juicy, this should evolve well over the next several years.
If its reach seems a bit less than the pricier Goldeneye offerings, this very explicit Pinot hits all the right varietal marks from ripe-cherry fruit to its velvety texture. It is moderately full-bodied but very well-balanced and never close to being too much, and its very accessible fruit sustains beautifully. It will handle foods like lamb and pork and duck with aplomb, and it shows no signs of fading away any time soon.