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Professional Ratings: 92 International Wine Cellar, 88 Burghound.com
Region: Russian River, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Item no. 113001
Always one of the most difficult blends to bring together, the result is one of my most complex blends of this vintage. Dark and rich in color, this wine offers a bouquet of Bing cherry, wild blackberry cobbler, anise, rose petal, and toasty oak aromas that immediately fill your glass. The palate is layered with flavors of wild blackberry, cherry cola, cassis, black truffle, spice and toasty oak. From the best growers along Westside Road—Allen, Bacigalupi, Bucher, Flax, Rochioli Riverblock and now our Litton Estate.
Saturated red. Captivating aromas of cherry-cola, pepper, Indian spices, cocoa powder and sandalwood. Then intense, spicy and penetrating in the mouth, with vibrant raspberry and wild strawberry flavors dominating. Finishes pungent, spicy and long, with a palate-staining whiplash of flavor. This calls for another five years of aging.
This is notably riper with better aromatic complexity as well to the pretty mix of spice, red and blue pinot fruit and hint of cranberry that slides gracefully into the sappy and serious flavors that possess reasonably good mid-palate concentration. Though there is the same tanginess present, it's more modulated.