The pedigree of the site and quality of the vintage are clearly in evidence here. The color is deep purple with aromas of blackberry, violet, clove and anise, subtle earth and forest floor. There is mocha in the background, continuing with flavors of rich raspberry, crème de cassis, plum and candied ginger. The wine has a long finish with rich tannins. The 2004 Ramal Vineyard Pinot Noir shows concentration and elegance and provides a great glimpse of the quality coming from the Buena Vista estate property.
"Unlike its close siblings, this wine is not specific as to its clonal origins, but the kinship among all three is crystal clear in their shared emphases on sweet, seductive and keenly defined fruit. Fully ripened and attractively juicy in character and never so much as hinting at heat, it has plenty of mass in the mouth and shows off the varietal's fine velvety feel, and its careful adjuncts of oak and milk chocolate serve as lovely enrichments to its unstinting themes of sweet cherries. "