The 1997 Pinot Noir is a bright, deep ruby red. The first olfactory impressions are of a complex combination of spices (cardamon, cinnamon, vanilla), black fruits, cedar, and earth. Flavors lean toward black fruits; black cherries, black plums, and blackberries. Medium-bodied, the wine is viscous and rich with firm, sandy tannins. The finish is long with a nice balance between sweet, ripe fruit and soft, chewy tannins. Drink now or cellar three to four years.