Bright ruby-red. Complex, strongly scented bouquet evokes candied red and dark berry preserves, cola, incense and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, penetrating and impressively focused, showing good heft to its black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Aeration brings up a gentle vanilla nuance that carries through a long smoke- and spice-accented finish. This Pinot's exotic character gives it surprising upfront appeal. (ST)
Veins of minerality cut through the fruit in the 2010 Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard. Always fairly immediate in style, the 2010 is built on gorgeous red fruit, perfumed aromatics and crystalline acidity. There is a transparency to the 2010 that is particularly appealing. This is a terrific showing from Big Basin. The 2010 was fermented with about 12% whole clusters and spent 16 months in French oak barrels, 43% new. (AG) 92+
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