The 2010 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel is gorgeous. A burst of dark red fruit makes a positive first impression, but everything about the 2010 speaks of balance. The use of whole clusters is not as evident here as elsewhere. Layers of flavors continue to flesh out on the broad-shouldered frame. The Mt. Carmel is a wine of exceptional balance and pure pedigree. It is easily one of the highlights among the new releases. Steve Clifton describes the 2010 harvest as 2-3 weeks later than normal. The Pinots were brought in during the second and third weeks of September, in between the heat spikes, while the Chardonnays were harvested later, once temperatures cooled off. The 2010s are beautiful, transparent wines that capture the essence of the vintage and their respective sites. (AG)
Bright ruby-red. Fresh red berries and star anise on the assertively perfumed nose, with a suave floral quality adding complexity. Juicy, palate-coating strawberry and raspberry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and gain flesh with air. Finishes dry and nervy, with superb clarity and lingering floral pastille and spice notes. (JR)
An intensely floral and softly spicy nose also offers pretty and well-layered red berry fruit aromas. The rich, intense and well-detailed flavors are notably ripe but not nearly as ripe as the stated alcohol percentage would suggest, all wrapped in a firm, moderately austere and plum-suffused finish. This manages to carry its alcohol well and while there is some noticeable warmth, it's not really intrusive provided that the wine is kept at a proper serving temperature.
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