Deep and powerful, the 2012 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard is especially brooding in this vintage. Black cherries, tar, smoke and licorice all burst from the glass in an explosive, full-bodied Pinot. This is one of the more reticent wines in the range, with a burly personality that is going to take some time to fully come together. Initially quite dark, the 2012 brightens up considerably with time in the glass, suggesting a future with plenty of potential. Hints of cranberry, pomegranate and orange peel leave a lasting impression on the finish. The 2012 was fermented with 10% whole clusters. (AG)
This too is agreeably fresh and cool with a similar fruit profile though in this case the spice elements are a bit more pronounced. I like the sleek palate impression of the delicious, round and once again seductively textured flavors that possess fine density and punch that continues onto the dusty, mouth coating and beautifully long finish. This is clearly built to age and should amply reward 6 to perhaps as much as 10 years of cellar time.
Full medium red. Red berries, plum and loam on the nose, plus a candied nuance; darker in its aromas than the Occidental Ridge bottling. Also drier and less filled in but shows good juicy cut to its flavors of berries, spices, flowers and pepper. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins. Still a bit brooding. (ST)
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