This is a big Pinot, with great acid structure, but soft, smooth tannins. Aromas are of anise, cola and deep dark cherry along with smoky barrel notes. Flavors of candied cherry and red licorice are followed by a spicy mid-palate and a nice vanillin, faintly smoky finish.
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Grand Firepeak Cuvee boasts gorgeous density and sheer power. Black cherries, menthol, cloves and licorice all take shape in this intense, virile yet beautifully balanced Pinot. Stylistically, this is a California version of Nuits St. Georges. The 2010 spent nine months in French oak barrels, 40% new."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby color; smooth texture with black cherry and spice; round, ripe and crisp with tangy acidity; quite lovely"
this wine does not taste like a central coast pinot ~ it is big and spicy, and drinks more like a syrah. I would not buy again, but if you like big pinots, this is it!