The 2005 Reserve Pinot is a deep, opulent ruby hue that is nearly opaque. This generous wine is truly the most substantial, intensely concentrated Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir to date. Vivid, complex aromas of dense dark bramble berry and violets are perfumed by hints of black tea and a touch of exotic spices. The firmly structured tannins elegantly support the tiers of ripe black plums, black cherry and cola and will allow this wine to age gracefully. The velvety, complex finish lingers on the palate.
"Spicy cola, raspberry, cranberry and savory herb and dried cherry fruit give this an intriguing range of complex flavors. Balanced, elegant and structured. Better than previously reviewed."
"If cast in the same, slightly restrained model as its sibling below, the Fort Ross Reserve musters just a little more richness and depth. It firms up at the finish and picks up a scant edge of astringency after its supple beginnings, but its precise, well-defined fruit sustains nicely..."