The nose presents luscious raspberry, red fruit and floral tones characteristic of Pinot Noir, with a hints of chocolate, blackberry and spice. This touch of spice carries into the mouth and develops into nuances of ginger, anise and vanilla. Velvety on approach, this Pinot is round in mouth feel. The palate finds fruit, dark cherry, red berries and spice in concentration with a hint of toast. Tannins in the 2001 Pierre Lion are nicely balanced big but soft and gently build toward a lingering finish. This vintage displays good length and concentration.