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Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Russian River, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 118348
Juicy berry fruit in the nose and the mouth, substantial but perfectly resolved tannins, and alluring focus convey the personality of the neighborhood. A bit of extra concentration, darker than usual blackberry fruit, and an exceptional sourball brightness convey the personality of the vintage. We love the sweet, dense blackberry fruit of this wine, and how that fruit is enhanced by tones of coriander, tar and ginger.
Bright cherry-red. Sappy aromas of black cherry, flowers, spices and orange zest, complemented by a whiff of forest floor. Bright, juicy and sharply delineated, with harmonious acidity giving the red fruit flavors an enticing sappy quality. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and very good length. Not the last word in complexity but a real essence of pinot noir. This wine is routinely an excellent value in California pinot.
If neither bold nor all that intense, this keenly focused and buoyantly fruity young Pinot is confidently on the varietal track. Its bright and energetic aromas are long on fresh cherries, and its deep and very lively flavors follow suit. It already conveys a fine sense of proportion and balance, and there seems little chance that it will do other than improve and deepen further with age.