An extremely ripe but stylish nose of spice, violets, red and blue berry fruit aromas combines with big, rich, sweet and muscular medium full-bodied flavors wrapped in a sappy, intense and nicely complex finish that displays a touch of warmth and noticeable acid tang. There is good length and plenty of character if not a great deal of elegance with better overall harmony than the Ten possesses.
Good medium red. Raspberry, strawberry and mocha on the nose. Tighter and juicier than the Southing, with less fat but good sappy, dense fruit. Very rich but with plenty of vibrancy. Finishes with very fine, building tannins and good juicy persistence. (ST)
From a vineyard planted in clay/loam soils, the 2004 Pinot Noir Botella exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with black currant and black cherry aromas and a hint of flowers. Full body, sweet tannin, enough acidity to provide uplift and definition, and a textured, savory mouthfeel give this wine an early charm, but there is actually more concentration and length in this cuvee than in the impressive Southing. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Generous and complex in its presentation of ripe blueberry, wild berry, earth, mineral and sage flavors. But what's most impressive is the aftertaste, which brings all the flavors together for a wonderful finish that keeps repeating the essential flavor themes. *Top 100 Wines of 2006* (JL)
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