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The aromas drape a veneer of intense Bing cherry, Amarena cherry, whortleberry and lingonberry fruit over supporting scents of smoke, dried orange peel, sumac berry, dark earth and tobacco.
94 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May/June 2011): “…explosive aromas of black raspberry, Indian spices, chocolate and cocoa powder, complicated by intriguing potpourri and rose flavors…long, penetrating finish…reminded me of (very) highend, new-school Vosne-Romanee.”
91 points, Wine Advocate (Feb. 2011): “…sweet raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of earth, spice…pure, fresh, lively Pinot…”
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Feb. 2012): “Redolent of ripe cherries and fresh raspberries...fairly full in body and supple and somewhat rounded and plush on the mid-palate while firming up as it should in the late going and finish..."
90 points, Wine Spectator (Feb. 2012): “Firm and spicy, with ripe plum, wild berry, cedar and cherry pie scents…”
A mere 12 barrels were made. Drink now or cellar for another 5 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.