Tough, acidic and tight in youth, offering little in the way of richness. So tart, so minerally, so dry. A wine that demands time in the cellar. Should reward the patient after six years or so, to allow things to resolve so the cherry, cranberry and rhubarb flavors can transmogrify. It would not be surprising for this wine to develop bottle nuance for well more than a decade. *Cellar Selection*
Deep red. Crushed blackberry, raspberry, tobacco and nutty oak on the nose. Supple and velvety but a bit unforthcoming, with firm acidity framing the somewhat medicinal flavors of red berries, bitter cherry, dark chocolate and licorice. More about soil than primary fruit, and rather brooding for a Pinot from this producer, but there's very good intensity here. Finishes with gently chewy tannins and excellent tenacity. Cabral says that this dry-farmed Pinot is an anomaly this year, explaining that 'it's usually more feminine but with '08 being a drought year you get more manly character, more power.' (ST) 92+
A more restrained but extremely pretty and well-layered nose speaks of mostly red berry fruits but there are notes of spice and blue berry as well. The rich, round and suave medium weight flavors possess fine volume and plenty of mouth coating dry extract that buffers the moderately firm tannins on the mildly tangy finish. I suspect that the tanginess will dissipate as this ages as there is sufficient underlying material to support that.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)