A lovely, precocious wine with a brilliant, deep garnet color and seductive, lush aromatics, in this wine spice and fruits dominate. Rich pie cherry and dried cherry impressions, with plummy blue and black fruit for depth and richness anchor the palate and lead to a sweet fruit entry. Tea leaves and spices are assertive, whether showing gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, cardamon or delicate black pepper. The balance is almost perfect, with great acid, excellent weight without being ponderous, no alcohol apparent, nice breadth and length on the palate, and a bright, clean and elegant finish. Elegance, richness and balance—what we all aspire to. And what a standard-bearing pinot noir should reflect.
"Light and silky, dancing delicately over refined tannins and lively acidity to show red berry, cinnamon and clove flavors as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017."
"Bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas are complicated by Asian spices and orange peel. Silky in texture and gently sweet, with vibrant strawberry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of bitter cherry. The supple, intensely fruit finish is spicy, focused and nicely persistent. This drinks well now but has the spine to age."
International Wine Cellar
"Warm and fresh with a scent of ripe strawberries, this wine's flavors are loose-limbed and juicy, but a fruit skin tannin element holds all the ripeness in check. It's an ideal red for chilling and drinking as an aperitif.
Wine & Spirits
I was first introduced to this wine several years ago by one of my wine expert friends. It is, by far, the best pinot noir I've ever had. Smooth, subtle berry flavors. This vintage lived up to the memory of that first taste experience.
This is one of my favorite Pinots. I get a few in every order I place with Wine.com.
Smooth & Supple
Opened this last night to pair with work (meaning I was drinking it on its own while typing away). It was definitely seductive. Deliciously ripe fruits, silky smooth texture, yet vibrant at the same time. Spicy or heavy foods will overpower the fruit, so pair it with something mild (roast chicken, pork chops, etc) and you'll be in heaven.