A pretty and notably ripe nose of spiced red and blue pinot fruit aromas nuanced with beguiling violet hints that continue onto the rich, round, sweet and textured flavors that are utterly delicious, culminating in a dusty, mouth coating and persistent finish. There is a noticeable touch of finishing warmth though not really enough to detract from the overall sense of style and grace. Recommended.
Good red-ruby. Exotic, very ripe aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola and orange peel. Broad, lush and fat, with expressive flavors of strawberry, minerals and spices along with some loamy earth tones. Finishes with lush tannins and lingering sweetness. A classic Russian River Valley Pinot made mostly from fruit from the Allen, Riverblock, Flax, Bucher and Bacigalupi vineyards.
There is plenty of rich fruit in the nose of this nicely filled wine, but, if obviously extracted, it is a little less generous with its cherry-like flavors than promised. Bound up and tightened by a bit of pushy, slightly piquant acidity at the moment, it should benefit by a few years of time in the cellar in which to settle down and expand.
The most seductive but somewhat superficial wine is the 2004 Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors, made from the fruit of five nearby vineyards that are blended together. This has a slightly darker color than the previous two wines, with more sweet cherry, damp earth, and underbrush notes.
This wine is a blend of estate-grown fruit with selections from neighboring vineyards on Westside Road. It's round and smoky, with soft flavors of baked strawberries and root beer around the edges. Roast duck would fill in the middle of the wine.
This is a blend of vineyards from which the winery sources its fruit. It's a very good wine, dry and crisp, with ripe flavors of cherries, raspberries, root beer and herbs. The texture is silky, the balance impeccable, but it's a tad thin in the midpalate.
Sleek and delicate, with a trim band of spicy cherry, earth, mineral and sage. Ends with a dash of citrus that gives it a cleansing quality.
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