A highly expressive and more immediate nose of spice, floral elements and a ripe combination of plum, red currant and blueberry fruit aromas merges seamlessly with rich, generous and supple medium weight plus flavors that possess lovely detail and precision on the superbly deep and remarkably long finish. The firm tannins are well-integrated and this should age well yet because of the abundance of dry extract, actually be approachable young, at least with an hour or so of air. In short, this is a knockout. *Outstanding*
The 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard is the most virile wine in this lineup. Black cherries, mint, iron and crushed rocks come together in this dramatic, generous Pinot. The fleshiness of the fruit nearly covers the tannins, but they are lurking beneath the wine’s considerable fleshiness. Menthol, pine and a host of other dark, balsamic notes wrap around the insistent, powerful finish. (AG)
Vivid ruby. Captivating, exotic aromas of red and dark berries, cherry skin, smoky Moroccan spices and incense, with a sexy floral quality that gains power with air. Impressively pure, incisive raspberry and cherry flavors show emphatic spiciness and a suave rose pastille quality. Silky tannins add shape to the very long, bracing finish. This wine is awfully delicious right now but really deserves a few more years in the cellar. (ST)
Exhibits enticing hot brick and earthy traits, with a dense core of beefy dried berry, black tea, white pepper and cedar, holding its focus and ending long and persistent. Should reward cellaring. (JL)
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