Scads of succulent cherries rush to the fore of this opulent effort's dense and yet accessible aromas, and the wine's deep, immensely fruity flavors show the same wonderful combination of richness and immediacy. Rounded, fleshy and very velvety in feel as only frontline Pinot Noir can be, this one is sweetened with a generous dollop of deftly fit oak and smacks of cream and caramel from beginning to end. Its fine sense of balance may guarantee keeping, but it is simply delicious now and requires little further age.
This pinot offers the rich intensity of extreme ripeness. But grown on a ridge in Occidental, facing the sea, that full blast of flavor is tempered by an edge of dark spice. The texture is smooth as a raspberry ganache, the wine's chocolate depths seeming to relate more to the tannin of the grapes than oak. The finish contrasts that richness with freshness, a tension that will develop into complexity with age.
Sweet herb and forest floor scents jump from the glass of the dark plum/ruby-tinged 2002 Pinot Noir Coastline Vineyard. Broodingly backward, rich, dense, and promising, its masculine, tannic, stacked and packed personality suggests 2-3 years of bottle age will be beneficial. It should last for 12-15 years. (RP)
Good medium ruby. Wild aromas of berry syrup and coffee. Superripe, sweet and large-scaled, with explosive flavors of wild blackberry, white pepper and spices. Very young, strong pinot, finishing with building tannins. (ST)
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