Discussing flavors is always difficult, as each of our tastes and sensory vocabulary is unique. Let me say that this is a very typical and correct Pinot. This is the highest compliment I can give any wine. All the flavors you expect, you find. You will never mistake this for anything but Pinot. It is rich in that mysterious essence which defines Pinot, yet cannot be described. With Pinot a winemaker must often choose between either a powerful texture or a lovely perfume. My choice is always with perfume. There are other varietals that carry power better. The 2000 Carneros proves the point. The mouth is soft and integrated and the aromas complex. Pinot poses no difficulties at the table. It compliments the widest range of flavors. It has particular affinity for grilled, smoked, or salty foods.