*Two Stars* More than once we have found a great deal to like in the straight appellation bottlings of top-notch Pinot producers, and here is just such an example that rivals and even surpasses several of its pricier cellarmates with respect to balance, fruity depth and real varietal beauty. It is moderately full, slightly fleshy in feel and very well-balanced, and, while it impresses as a Pinot of many parts, it impresses at least as much for the way in which those parts are seamlessly joined. It is no stretch to see richness and refinement intersecting in its not-too-distant future.
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley has a little tar and rubber to begin, giving way to notes of baked cherries, mulberries and cranberry jelly with a dried Provence herbs and forest floor undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, firm and rich in the mouth, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and balanced acidity, finishing long. Built to age, it should cellar for a good 8-10 years or more. 91+ (LPB)
The 2014 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is dark, plush and super-expressive today, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. This is a decidedly dark style for the Russian River Pinot. Plum, black cherry, licorice, sage, smoke and menthol all add to an impression of masculinity. (AG)
Dusty crushed rock and gravelly soil are at the core, tilting the berry flavors toward the dry side. Ends with cedar and herb notes. (JL)
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