Bright wild strawberries, rose petal, violets and mineral aromas fill your glass. Concentrated wild raspberry, potpourri and mushroom flavors finish up encompassing and plump in the mouth. The addition of clone 115 (new South Hill in 2001) gives added wild berry flavors that are complemented by mouth watering acids. The older blocks contribute lush and rounded tannins and brooding berry fruits. The toasted oak and mature grape tannins are always complemented by a silky texture that finishes long. A wonderfully concentrated vintage that will only get better with time.
"Bright medium red. Far more energetic than the Flax, showing assertive red berry and floral character, along with notes of orange zest and dusty minerals. Sharply focused and pure, with bright strawberry and raspberry flavors underscored by Asian spices and candied rose. Weightier and more masculine on the finish, which features lingering notes of black raspberry and smoky minerals. According to Cabral, these vines were planted in 1970."
International Wine Cellar
"Here is a sophisticated, complex look at Pinot Noir with notes of dried flowers, lush cherries and scents of sweet smoke all elevated by an elusive perfumed note sitting in the background. Supple, polished and already showing the first signs of Pinot velvety textural potential, this wine holds long on the palate, is impeccably balanced and despite its well-expressed flavors, is light on its feet. It will seduce you with its early charms but do let it age into even better."