#83 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
This special wine demonstrates the power and finesse of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. It displays aromas of plum, dark chocolate and cola. Flavors of blackberry and cherry are complemented by notes of leather and black tea. Perfectly poised fruit/acid balance make this incredibly food-versatile.
It is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken and grilled salmon, as well as almost any duck, beef or lamb preparation.
"Well-crafted, tight and structured, with firm, gripping tannins keeping the zesty, tart wild berry, blackberry and date-nut bread flavors in check. Drink now through 2020."
"Although oak may at first leap to the fore in its
nose, this very solid working smacks of brooding
young fruit as well. Its flavors are a little more
open and accessible, and they convey plenty of
juicy, well-ripened black cherries and a nicely fit
complement of creamy oak lends a bit of extra
richness. It is long and sustained at the finish and
shows just enough grip to make us believe that its
best may be a few years away, but, make no
mistake, this is a thoroughly tasty Pinot right