Another Russian River Valley release, the 768-case 2014 Pinot Noir Giusti Vineyard comes from river rock-laced soils that include lots of iron oxide. Almost completely destemmed, it was aged 16% in concrete and 32% in new French oak. This full-bodied, rich, unctuous and big boned beauty knocks it out of the park with its plum, violets, blackberry and ground herb-like aromas and flavors. It's not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors, but is perfectly balanced, has ripe tannin, and a big mid-palate, all suggesting it will evolve gracefully. (JD)
The 2014 Pinot Noir Giusti Ranch is one of the darkest and most powerful wines in the range. Black cherry, plum, lavender and leather are all pushed forward. Unctuous, dark and brooding, the 2014 oozes personality. The new oak is a bit dominant at this stage, but otherwise all the elements are in place. I would prefer to enjoy the Giusti over the next few years, while the fruit retains its classic Russian River intensity. (AG)
Brimming with rich, juicy wild berry and blueberry fruit, shaded by firm, dusty, hazelnut-scented tannins, this ends snug and tannic, yet the depth and persistence are evident. Drink now through 2022. 768 cases made.
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