Deep ruby-red. Brooding, pungent nose suggests black raspberry, cherry-cola and Moroccan spices, along with notes of dried rose and black tea. The palate offers flavors of sappy dark berry compote and candied violet, with a building spiciness. Lots going on here! Finishes with solid grip and excellent persistence, the violet and spice notes emphatically repeating. This should be a slow ager. 93+ (ST)
This beautiful mix of complex flavors shows smoky, toasty oak accents to the ripe plum and raspberry flavors. Deftly balanced, intense and focused, ending with a mouthwatering minerality. Drink now through 2020. (JL)
A balanced and polished wine with aromas of black licorice and light white pepper that follow through to a medium body with deep flavors of plums.
The 2009 Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard is one of the more complete wines from the estate’s collection of Sonoma Coast Pinots. Aromatics, fruit, acidity and tannin are all beautifully integrated in this supple, expressive wine. Layers of dark red fruit build effortlessly to the long finish, where the wine’s underlying minerality is most apparent. (AG)
Such are the tannins on this bone-dry Pinot Noir that it feels astringent and rustic now. That’s despite a deep, sweetly ripe core of blackberries and currants. It’s certainly a big wine, packing in enough power for two wines, but lacking somewhat in delicacy and finesse. Give this brooding wine a good, long decant. Could come around after eight years or so in the bottle.
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