Aromas of toffee, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft tannins and walnut/hazelnut undertones. Soft-textured. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.
Dark red. Ripe dark berry, cherry, incense and floral pastille scents are accented by a strong note of smoky Indian spices. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy, densely packed black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity, finishing with powerful, spicy thrust, gentle tannic grip and striking persistence. This was the richest wine of my tasting of Doerner's '14s and looks to be a solid cellar candidate. Steve Doerner was a pioneer of whole-cluster fermentation, and to this day few other American producers (and their number increases every vintage) do it so well, much less with such consistency. Doerner’s opulent but finely balanced and highly expressive 2014s are as fine a set of wines as he has made since arriving at Cristom when the winery was founded in 1992, following 14 years as winemaker at California’s trailblazing Calera Winery. They’re quite accessible as well, thanks to their opulent fruit and rounded tannins, so don’t hesitate to give them a shot now for their sheer opulence and alluring perfume. Doerner’s wines also age effortlessly, as their track record will attest, and, in my opinion, they always deliver solid value for world-class Pinot Noir. (JR)
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has subtle red berry and dried herb notes with suggestions of potpourri, charcoal and raspberry leaves and hints of cardamom and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a good core of black cherry and black raspberry notes with hints of underbrush, garrigue, fungi and lavender. It is a more structured style, with firm chewy tannins and soft acidity, finishing long and earthy. (LPB)
A mild touch of reduction does not completely overshadow the otherwise well-layered array of raspberry, cherry, briar and spice-scented nose. The supple, round and delicious flavors possess a velvety mid-palate before concluding in a lingering and solidly complex finish.
Young and tightly wound, this compact cuvée marries cranberry and raspberry fruit to proportionate tannins and a touch of acidity. There is a hint of clean earth as well. (PG)
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