Bright deep red with ruby highlights. Musky aromas of dark fruits, spices and peppery herbs, with a violet nuance emerging with aeration. Drier and more penetrating than the basic Sonoma Coast bottling, showing terrific energy and grip to the dark fruit and pepper flavors. Finishes with dusty, firm tannins and excellent rising length. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, this displayed an almost Syrah-like perfume without any loss of freshness. (ST)
A huge wine, bright and bold in raspberry and cherry flavors, this has a jammy directness that makes it drinkable now, but such is the acid and tannin structure that it should develop bottle complexity over the next 6–8 years. The alcohol is a refreshingly low 13.5% by volume, a testament to the coolness of the 2010 vintage. *Cellar Selection*
The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Quarter Moon Vineyard comes across as having a bit of the qualities of both the Pastorale and the Freestone. The savory aromatics resemble those of the Pastorale, while the richness of the fruit has more similarities with the Freestone. It all adds up to another beautifully expressive, layered Pinot. My impression is that the Quarter Moon will be the fastest to mature among these three 2010 Pinots. (AG)
Here the ripe nose features lovely spice nuances to the moderately-pitched aromas of plum and dark cherry that display top notes of cranberry and raspberry. There is good punch and solid mid-palate density to the dusty, intense and mouth coating finish. Again, this is not super complex but this is clearly built to reward extended cellaring if desired.
Quite possibly the last of this very tight group of Pinots to come around, the Quarter Moon bottling shows a lot more in the nose than it does on the palate. It is rich, admittedly tight but nicely focused on well-ripened cherries in its first nose, and while that fruit is less than forthcoming on the palate, it is demonstrably there and waiting to emerge. Latter palate acidity does interrupt the flow at this point, and we would set this one aside for further aging.
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