A glorious success, for this or any vintage. It shows classic Russian River balance and refinement, with exquisitely ripe berry and stone fruit flavors counterbalanced with earthier mushroom and funky leather notes. The acids, tannins and silky mouthfeel are textbook Pinot.
We have tended to think of this vineyard as a source of slightly leaner, mid-sized Pinot Noirs, but, in this incarnation, it exceeds expectations in terms of its ripeness, size and overall depth. It is full, sweet and highly extracted with lots of solid, black-cherry fruit, and inclines not the least to softness even if obviously ripe. Its back-end tannins and slight acidy bite make it one worthy of cellaring, and, while elegance may be a bit past its reach, it will most assuredly find a measure of polish four or five years hence. *Two Stars*
Merry Edwards knows how to make rich, velvety pinot noir. This one is as fat in the haunches as a Porsche Carrera, and just as sleek. The surface is black, with dark wood spices and a plum pudding ripeness, while underneath there's plenty of strawberry flavor. Decant it for seared breast of duck.
Fragrant black cherry and wild raspberry scents are fresh and vibrant, with a delicate mouthfeel to the texture. Well-balanced, turning complex on the finish, where the fruit and spices fold together. (JL)
Hints of coffee. Very spicy and high-toned with lots of acidity. Dry notes - very refreshing and long. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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