Cherry and strawberry jam permeates on the nose along with secondary aromas of violets, clove and cherry-cola. This is a weightier wine than in the past (vines were planted in 1970), with vibrant acidity and soft, rich tannins. Flavors of ripe strawberries, cherry pie, citrus blossom and spice are complimented by the toasty vanilla/crème brûlée-like texture.
"Bright ruby. Black raspberry, cherry-cola and fresh flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy, nicely concentrated red fruit preserve flavors are braced by gentle acidity and complicated by a candied floral quality. Becomes weightier in the glass while maintaining its vibrancy, finishing sweet and long, with persistent florality. Very sexy already but this pinot is balanced to reward at least mid-term aging."
International Wine Cellar
"The Allen Vineyard is one of the older pinot noir plantings in Sonoma County; most of the vines for this bottling date back to 1970, when Howard and Ann Allen first established ttheir vineyard on a slope above the Russian River. Vine age and thinner hillside soils both contribute to the wine's notably firm structure. This feels polished and energetic, its richness held in tension against ample natural acidity given by a coll year, the flavors suggesting dark cherries and bay leaf in their deep, savory length. It feels balanced to age. "
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