Joseph Swan and Araujo alum Matt Taylor made this wine with grapes from outside of Forestville, in the cooler southwestern part of the valley. It’s a sumptuous Pinot Noir with a depth of raspberry, cherry, cola and mocha flavors, and earthier notes of mushrooms and oak for added complexity. Fine acidity and smooth tannins make it great to drink now and over the next 2–3 years.
Dark ruby. Musky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of anise and dark chocolate. Nicely concentrated but slow to open up, offering deeply pitched bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a touch of licorice. Youthful tannins add grip to the penetrating finish, which leaves a bitter cherry pit note behind. Seems very young right now but holds promise. 90(+?) points
The 2011 Pinot Noir is an attractive mid-weight offering laced with dark red cherries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. Underlying veins of minerality frame the vibrant, nicely delineated finish. The 2011 is already a touch forward, so I wouldn't hang on to it too long, but it should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. The Reuling family has sold fruit to other wineries for years, most notably Mark Aubert, but this is the first wine I have tasted from their own operation.
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