Whereas the Cuvée Catherine is built on fruit, the 2011 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth is a much more inward, structured wine. Here the flavors are bright, precise and endowed with considerable energy. Cranberry, pomegranate, crushed rocks, rose petals and savory herbs are all supported by veins of underlying acidity and minerality that should allow the 2011 to develop beautifully in bottle. All of the 2011 Pinots have really blossomed over the last year, but none to the extent of the Cuvée Elizabeth, which today is stunning. (AG)
The 2011 Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth was picked at under 23 brix. As Steve Kistler admitted, it would have been impossible to get this level of flavor in warmer sites without harvesting at much higher numbers. Beautiful raspberry, pomegranate, red and black currant, incense, camphor and spring flower aromas jump from the glass of this perfumed, refined, medium-bodied Pinot Noir. It has the intensity of flavor and length to possibly be a game-changer in terms of picking at low sugars and getting the boldness and drama of flavor that always accompanies the greatest wines. The 2012s were both gorgeous and, again, I wrote the word 'game-changers' in my tasting notes for both of them. (RP)
Bright violet color. High-pitched red berry and blood orange aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices and smoky minerals. Intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up a zesty mineral quality with air, along with a hint of cola. A deft blend of power and energy that finishes very long, with strong mineral cut and gentle tannic grip. Very nicely balanced and energetic, with the structure to age. These are the first releases from Steve Kistler's new, personal project and come from his estate vineyard. (ST)
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