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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 93 International Wine Cellar, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Item no. 115855
Focused and intense raspberry and dark berry fruit accented by lavender and lilacs. Pleasing hints of flint and stone help accentuate the abundance of briary fruit. On the palate, a generous amount of blackberry, boysenberry and blue fruit. The intense berry flavor is coaxed through and around the palate with gripping acidity, minerals and cinnamon. The fi nish is lengthy and mouthwatering leaving you wanting more.
This very tight Pinot is dense, concentrated and focused on pure, ripe, layered plum and raspberry fruit. Impressive showing.—Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2019. 803 cases made.
Ruby-red. Energetic aromas of black raspberry, blood orange, candied rose and minerals. Vivid, impressively focused red and dark berry flavors are complicated by an exotic floral pastille quality. The silky tannins add support and gentle grip to the long, subtly sweet finish. 93 points
First, let us say that this is a very good Pinot Noir by any standard, and it shows fine concentration if a little less succulence that the very best of its clan. Long on sweet oak and fully ripe, it tightens up and gives ground as it goes to back-end acidity, and its fruit retreats just a bit at the finish. It too is a wine that is sure to be helped by a few years of aging, but it never reaches quite as far or promises as much in time as its more deeply filled mates.