(from fruit harvested early, at a crop level of barely a ton an acre, according to Cabral) Bright, dark ruby. High-toned aromas of blackberry, kirsch, bitter chocolate, violet and minerals. Then dense, concentrated and sweet in the mouth; distinctly creamy in texture but with a firm shell of acidity. Almost port-like flavors of medicinal blueberry, black cherry and licorice. Very interesting wine, with a relatively low pH of 3.45. This should develop slowly in bottle and last well. Cabral says the crop level here was too low, and the wine is a bit awkward today. 91+ (ST)
Revealing outstanding potential, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard offers up licorice, black cherry, cola, and smoky aromas, a nicely textured, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and a rich, long, tannic finish. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-12 years. (RP)
Completely opaque. An expressive nose of spice, particularly cinnamon and background notes of oak toast lead to very ripe, indeed showy flavors that offer excellent depth of material but quite a bit of unintegrated wood, which imparts a distinctly sweet taste to the finish. However, this is a seriously concentrated effort with impressive underlying material and my score reflects the assumption that the wood will be successfully absorbed over time.
Ultraripe, but well-executed, with jammy blackberry and raspberry fruit that's well-centered, with a smooth texture and ripe, fine-grained tannins and a touch of nutmeg on the finish. (JL)
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