Big, rich and heavy in its youth, this Pinot has a Rhône-like feeling; its cherry and currant flavors suggest Grenache. Yet for that style, it’s a good wine, showing cherry, currant and pine cone flavors that lend interest. A smoky grilled steak or pork will negociate its tannins, but you might want to age it for up to eight years.
Red cherry and cranberry aromas are joined in the nose by layers of fairly rich oak, and while the nose is suitably fruity, it is also on the somewhat restrained side. A medium-full to full-bodied wine at entry, it is firm from the first and its suggestions of suppleness do not stay the course. A wine geared as much to lighter veal or fleshy fish preparations, it is in need of cellaring and is likely to reward up to five years of patience.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)