2012 pinot noir
This is not your typical California Pinot Noir. This wine is very special indeed. Created to be a much like a French-style Burgundy, this wine truly shines by revealing its high-quality grapes, the best possible French oak barrels, and most importantly the "terroir". Although this wonderful wine is remarkably approachable and drinks really well right now, this Pinot will only get better over the next 10-15 years. It truly is a masterpiece that demonstrates the perfect marriage of new vs. old-world with prominent, dramatically delicious velvety layered fruit with restrained minerality that makes it shine with food.
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Tart cranberries and cherries on the nose but so many floral, spice and complex aromatic nuance as well. Bright and red fruit-driven on a frame of dusty tannins and some refreshing acid. Lots of spice, earth, rose petal and coffee integrated together so smoothly. A bold and full-bodied wine at 14%+ but maintains freshness and elegance as well. Opening up beautifully, drinking fine now but I’d like to revisit again in 2016. (91 points) - Isaac James Baker