The aromas of black cherries, blackberries, cola and truffles are bursting out of the glass. Rich tannins focus the cardamom and other Asian spice flavors across the palate. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and baked cherry pie combine with the fragrance of violets, well-integrated oak, roasted marshmallow and vanilla pod to create a complex and full bodied nose. The round, firm yet supple palate lives up to this promise. Bing cherry, crème caramel, vanilla bean and seamless oak create a broad wine with rich tannins and a long cola finish. Plum and blackberry aromas are intermixed with notes of curry spice. Sweet plum at the entry with a smoked meat element and a black tea-like finish punctuate this bold Pinot Noir.
"Deep ruby. Heady, exotically perfumed bouquet combines raspberry compote, Asian spices, violet and a touch of incense. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering lively black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors along with notes of candied rose and star anise. Shows excellent heft and energy on the finish, which clings with impressive spiciness and tenacity."
International Wine Cellar