The 2010 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is impeccable, but it is also very, very tight. It clearly needs time to absorb the full impact of the stems, but there is no denying the wine’s overall beauty. Hints of sweet tobacco, red berries, wild flowers, anise and herbs wrap around the finish. It is a fabulous wine of contrasts, at times ethereal and weightless, while at others showing more austerity. There is plenty of potential, though. I very much like the energy here, but patience is the key. I also tasted the 2009, which is much more overtly powerful and seductive, but equally compelling, albeit in a totally different style. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 94+ (AG)
Bright violet color. Sexy, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes strawberry, blood orange, white flowers and Asian spices, with a bright mineral accent gaining power with air. Nervy and precise, with strikingly pure red fruit and floral flavors and distinct minerality. This lithe, focused Pinot finishes with a persistent floral character. (ST)
A reserved nose speaks of floral, spice and dark berry fruit that is more in the black berry family than cassis. This benefits enormously from several hours of aeration though interesting, rather than opening further it actually tightens up and becomes more precise, particularly on the focused, powerful and lingering finish. This is perhaps less complex at this very early stage than I'm used to seeing, but that is only of concern if you want to try one young as this is clearly built to be drunk a decade (or more) from now.
A bit skinny for California, but very complete. Sleek and detailed, with an emphasis on subtlety, showing sour cherry, mineral, dried berry, sage and cedar notes. Best from 2014 through 2022. (JL)
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