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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Santa Maria Valley, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Item no. 107713
Deep scarlet color; out of the gate aromas of cinnamon, cranberry and a hint of ginger tease for a taste. The palate turns into Christmas in the mouth…sweet baking spices and tart berries, even a hint of roasted meat. Throughout the experience a plush weight fills the mouth. The merging of flavors, viscosity and a lively acidity round out the long, sinuous finish.
A rich, extracted style that’s dense but also very complex and detailed, with spicy berry flavors that fan out nicely while retaining their focus and detail, gaining depth on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2019.
Delicious from the get go, a Pinot Noir that impresses for sheer flamboyance. The vineyard is in a cooler part of the Santa Maria Valley, and the wine shows fine acidity and ripe, long hangtime flavors of raspberries and cherries, with a rich coating of oak and the exotic crushed spices of its terroir. So good now, it's hard to resist, but try cellaring for up to five years.