Medium red. Energetic red and dark berry scents, with suave notes of potpourri and smoky minerals adding complexity. Deep black raspberry and cherry flavors are firmed by silky tannins and gain sweetness and spiciness with air. The mineral quality lingers impressively on the long, juicy finish, which leaves a sweet red berry note behind. Livelier than the Central Coast bottling, and drinking very well now. (ST)
*One Star* Intimating a tilt towards ripeness in its aromas but much more restrained than that on the palate, this wine finds itself focused on fairly compact red cherry fruit at first sniff with notes of dried flowers and raspberries showing up upon closer inspection. It is medium-full-bodied and trim in balance with pleasant, youthfully tight fruit at all stops.
The spicy red fruit is on edge when first poured, but this wine settles down with air, yielding scents of a coastal redwood forest. It's cool and tangy, a light-bodied Pinot with a hint of green. Serve it with juniper roast pork.
This too is aromatically fresh, pretty and admirably pure with classic red Pinot fruit aromas that complement perfectly the vibrant, delicious and focused middle weight flavors that possess a beguiling mouth feel, all wrapped in a moderately more complex and slightly longer finish.
The medium ruby-colored 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma exhibits more strawberry rhubarb, pomegranate, and spice characteristics, tart, crisp acids, medium body, and a pleasant, clean finish. (RP)
A little direct, but very pleasant. Silky and light in the mouth, it shows easy flavors of cola, cherries, roasted almonds and caramel.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)