Number 63 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!
A seductive, brilliantly complex nose reveals dark fruits and black cherries. Restrained oak is punctuated with hints of dried flowers. The 2002 Southing is silky smooth in the mouth. It has a seamless, well integrated palate that is broad in the middle with velvety tannins and finishes with focused acidity.
"Ultraripe, rich and plush, with concentrated, detailed black cherry, wild berry and plummy flavors framed by firm toasty, cedary oak, and finishing with a long, intense, persistent aftertaste offering a wealth of flavors and plenty of rich minerally tannins."
"Produced from a south-facing hillside vineyard, the 2002 Pinot Noir Southing reveals a ruby/purple in addition to abundant aromas of sweet cherries, currants, and hints of plums and flowers. Made in a Cote de Beaune-like style, with sweet kirsch and black cherry flavors mixed with spicy wood as well as loamy soil notes, the Southing is more open and evolved than the Botella."
The Wine Advocate