Medium red. Red fruits, licorice and spicy oak lifted by orange zest, minerals, mint and a whiff of rhubarb. Densely packed and plump, with a breadth of texture that belies its modest alcohol level. Boasts excellent red berry energy and sap; there's a crushed fruit quality here that reminded me of Chambolle. The long, rising finish is sweet but quite firm, with plenty of fruit tannins to support the 100% new oak treatment. This fascinating and satisfying wine made the Occidental Vineyard wine seem soft by comparison. The vines are planted at 8 by 12 feet, with a huge canopy providing shade and preserving the natural acidity of the fruit. (ST)
A ripe and beautifully layered nose offers up light spice notes as well as a mix of both red and blue Pinot fruit aromas that introduce rich and full-bodied flavors that display a hint of crushed leaf along with plenty of dry extract that does a commendable job of buffering the moderately firm tannins on the long, serious and mouth coating finish. This is perhaps a bit less elegant than previous vintages though once the tannins begin to soften we may see more refinement. *Outstanding*
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)