Whereas both of its cellarmates steer to refinement and promise a measure of elegance while showing lots of rich fruit, this big, broad-shouldered, full-bodied Pinot holds true to the extended ripeness and fruity extravagance that have typified past Klopp Ranch releases. It is a deep, outgoing, very well-muscled wine whose considerable weight and mouth-filling manner invite service with flavorful foods, and, while not entirely free of the heat that comes as the cost of such ripeness, it is about as rich as they come.
Firm, intense and concentrated, with an engaging wild streak running through the zesty blackberry and wild berry fruit flavors. On the finish, it reveals its youthfulness with its mix of new oak and firm, stemmy tannins, but a year or two in bottle should do the trick, rounding out the few rough adolescent edges.
Medium red-ruby color. Black raspberry, smoked meat, earth and gunpowder on the nose. Sweet in the mouth but less fruity than the Meredith Estate bottling, with notes of meat and gunpowder. A bit tougher on the end, finishing with slightly drying, dusty tannins and a hint of leather.
Dark, super-extracted in fruit, and rather hot and heavy, with some complexity. It has a rich melange of blackberry, black cherry, cola, espresso, briar, sweet leather and spicy flavors, and is fairly tannic and bone dry. A cellar candidate, it will pair well with lamb or beef.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)