Sadly, Sine Qua Non’s final Pinot Noir will be the 2005 'Over and Out' Arita Hills Vineyard. That’s a shame as their Pinot Noir has always been one of my favorites - always rich and full-flavored rather than a dumb-downed, wimpish, and diluted faux-French imitation. This beauty has put on considerable weight since I tasted it twelve months ago. Made from Dijon clones 115 and 777, it reveals a classic Cotes de Nuits-like perfume of damp forest floor intermixed with sweet cherries, plums, figs, and spring flowers. This could easily be mistaken for a Clos de la Roche from Morey St.-Denis, but with purer fruit and a more savory texture. Dominated by its beautiful fruit and complexity, with the oak component kept in the background. (RP)
Pushes ripeness to the edge of extreme, yet pulls it off, delivering a supple, elegant polished array of ripe plum, black cherry, wild berry, cola, sassafras and cedary oak. Complex and exquisitely balanced, with a long, lingering finish. (JL)
Ruby-red. Exotically perfumed nose features energetic raspberry and blackberry scents complicated by cinnamon, mace and fresh rose. Plush and sweet, offering powerful red and dark berry flavors, suave tannins and impressively chewy finishing grip. Less a Pinot than a Sine Qua Non wine, and that's not a bad thing. (JR)
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)