Good dark red, a bit less bright and ruby than the En Famille and Coteaux Nobles bottlings. Complex aromas of crushed raspberry, cherry, mocha, underbrush, graphite and black tea, accented by a peppery element. Suave, broad and fine-grained, with a youthfully bitter edge to the intense flavors of red and darker berries and spices. Finishes quite dry in a positive way, with a firm spine for aging. Morlet noted that his 2011s are a half-degree lower in alcohol across the board than usual but this wine still weighs in at a very healthy 14.5%. 94+ (ST)
From the highest elevation site, the 2011 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur is slightly more backward than its siblings. Revealing the darkest color along with good acidity, lots of minerality, and a dark berry, foresty and floral personality, it will benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle age, and should keep for 7-8 years. This is one of the up-and-coming superstar producers in Northern California. Owned by Luc Morlet, who comes from a French family that has long been making wines in Champagne, and who cut his Napa Valley teeth first for Newton and later Peter Michael. 91+ (RP)
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