The Edna Valley release, the 2014 Pinot Noir Stone Corral is another polished, complex and seamless effort from winemaker Eric Johnson that offers classic notes of spice, forest floor, dried flowers and sweet red fruits. Aged 16 months in 27% new French oak, it's impeccably balanced, has a charming, forward character and will drink nicely for 5-6 years. (JD)
Vivid ruby-red. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cherry compote, candied flowers and Asian spices, and a mineral topnote gains power with air. Stains the palate with juicy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are enlivened by bright minerality and a suggestion of white pepper. Displays a very suave combination of depth and vivacity and finishes on a floral note, with excellent clarity, harmonious tannins and strong persistence. This is the most impressive rendition of this bottling that I've experienced. (JR)
*Two Stars* Principally fixed on concentrated, very well-focused, ripe cherry fruit but showing accents of savory spice along with the dried-flower notes found in several of its cellarmates, Talley's Stone Corral bottling is a deep and serious young Pinot that has the structure and central solidity to age famously. It is very well-filled and beautifully balanced with plenty of bounce in its step, and its path to better comes by way of its composition rather than sheer muscle and strength.
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