A gorgeous Pinot, all silk and satin in the mouth, showing great structural refinement and finesse. Yet there’s nothing shy about the flavors. This is sheer California fruit, intense in cherries, red currants, licorice and cola. It’s so opulent it tastes sweet, but the finish is bone dry.
Bright red. Explosively perfumed, exotic bouquet of red berries, cherry, fresh rose and minerals. Gracefully balanced strawberry and raspberry flavors gain weight and take on a darker character with air, but retain impressive urgency and clarity. Finishes with impressive brisk persistence and an echo of raspberry. (JR)
A ripe and slightly exotic nose of spiced tea, violets and deeply pitched red berry fruits merges into round, rich and generous medium weight plus flavors underpinned by a solid tannic spine and good acid/fruit/structure balance. There isn't quite, at least not yet, the same sheer depth as the Fe Ciega but it's not far off and both are very high quality efforts.
The 2005 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard, a library release, impresses for its density and sheer power. Amazingly, it also still needs time! This is an example of a wine that is neither young nor mature, but somewhere in the middle, and that can be a tricky state of affairs. Ideally, the 2005 should be cellared for another few years to allow the aromatics to blossom fully. Today, it is the structure that dominates. Overall, the 2005 comes across as a bit heavy, especially when tasted alongside the Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard (Early Harvest). (AG)
The 2005 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe again was the more complete wine, with deeper fruit, more flesh, succulence, and lovely black cherry and raspberry fruit, with hints of gaminess and sweet, subtle earth. This is a beauty... (RP)
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)