Deep, very precise Pinot Noir fruit is joined by just the right measure of sweet oak in the beautifully proportioned young wine, and, while showing the kind of fruity richness and depth that marks Rosella's Vineyard at its best, it is also among the more mannerly and carefully balanced offerings that we have seen from the site. Its impressions of polish and structure convince that it will grow for a few years at least, but we can see where its immediate charms may make cellaring a bit easier said than done.
Just exquisite, combining power with elegance to produce a truly great Pinot Noir. The vineyard is in the heart of the appellation. The cool climate has made it dry, crisp and silky, but it shows powerfully concentrated cherry, pomegranate, mocha and bacon flavors, with overlays of smoky sandalwood. Compellingly good, this Pinot will develop over the next 6-8 years.
Enormously complex, dense and chewy, with lots of pepper, spice, roasted coffee, dried berry and cigar box nuances that are full-bodied and turn meaty, with beef carpaccio and pepper steak-like scents cloaked in gripping tannins, but the flavors shine through. Best from 2011 through 2020.
Take, for example, the 2008 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard. Dark plum/garnet in color, with an evolved but super-complex nose of smoked herbs, sweet black cherries, plum, and pomegranate as well as forest floor, the wine hits the palate with a sweet, expansive, savory mouthfeel, full-bodied flavors with a touch of smoky wood in the background, and a broad, long finish that is fresh and authoritative. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
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