The aromas of ripe wild blackberries, Santa Rosa plums, wild anise and black truffles fill your glass. Engaging and concentrated flavors of dark berries, earth, black cherries and toasty, sweet oak emphasize the mature, lush tannins that coat your palate. Always one of my personal favorites because of the long, mouthwatering finish that entices you to take another sip. The maturity of this vineyard comes through more and more with each vintage.
"This Riverside parcel was first planted in 1989 to Joe Rochioli's own heritage pinot noir selection, supplemented in 2000 with two Dijon clones. Wine maker Bob Cabral's 2011 is aromatically striking, ranging from floral lavender notes to a stem inflected cumin scent. There's a clarity at the center of the wine, the site's concentration changing focus from fruit depth to long-lasting savory and floral elements: it starts with fruit driven intensity (dark cherry and red currant), ending on an ethereal, aromatic lift - a long tail. Kaleidoscopic. Wit ha few more years of age, this would be a perfect match for grilled salmon. "
Wine & Spirits
"Ruby-red. Highly perfumed, seductive bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, star anise and potpourri. Intense red and dark berry flavors are sweetened by vanilla and cola qualities, with fine-grained tannins and bright acidity adding lift. The spicy element returns on the long, focused, floral finish."
International Wine Cellar