95 point rated by The Sommelier Company
98 Cases Produced
This is a sturdy, supple Pinot Noir with a perfumed nose and layer upon layer of spice, concentrated fruit and contributions from a sophisticated oak treatment. It has the vigor and density of a more masculine Côtes de Nuits—and the digniﬁed yet youthful elegance of a ﬂoral, feminine Pinot. Its aromas and ﬂavors sing from the ﬁrst moment and shine all evening, weaving more tightly together with exposure to air.
After an hour or so, deep notes of cocoa, roasted coffee and beeswax set in and its spicy fundament clariﬁes into cedar, cinnamon, anise, and clove. Herbal tea and fresh mint lend their sharp coolness to the palate, which is consistently a bit more intense than the nose. The texture and weight of the palate makes it substantive, rich, without detracting from the delicacy and ﬁnesse most fans of the grape are seeking to ﬁnd.
Complexity: High; layers of diverse, delineated, complementary ﬂavors
Balance: Good; alcohol is a bit more prominent than acid, but not badly so
Expressiveness: High; intense and persistent, many hours after opening
Character: Memorably spicy, ﬂoral, luxurious and elegant without frailty
Typicity: Fully within Pinot’s aroma proﬁle, in a California-typical style