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Deeply layered aromas, expanding into a perfume rich with blueberries, wild roses, plums, black berries, lavender and violets. Accents of exotic Indian spice, sweet pipe tobacco and vanilla bean heighten the experience. On the palate, its fine bones support layers of full, generous tannin and acidity.
96 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2012): “…deep, spicy flavors…a deft touch of sweet, smoky oak. Wonderful tannins and brisk acidity…The finish is long…”
96 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (June 2012): “Riveting, very pure and perfectly ripened with highlights of minerals, new leather and coffee as accents to its deep and concentrated varietal fruit, ...It is a Pinot of both great strength and reserve, and it stands with those exceptional efforts that could age for a decade or more.”
93 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May 2012): “…silky on entry, then seamless and light on its feet…tangy intensity…flavor of blackberry, violet and pepper.”
90 points, Wine Spectator (October 15, 2011): “…complex, layered and full-bodied…”
Drink now or hold up 7-9 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.