The nose offers captivating aromatics of cinnamon, red cherry and blood orange. These are followed by a beautifully balanced, deep and sappy wine. While the aromatics are already blossoming, allowing the wine to spend a little more time in the cellar will be rewarded with more amplitude on the palate. (WK)
The 2012 Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard is drop-dead gorgeous. Cranberry, red cherry, wild flowers, mint and cinnamon meld together beautifully. I find a little more depth and focus in the Summa next to the Summa Old Vines, which is a bit more wandering, especially in its aromatics. Layers of bright red fruit build to the crystalline, inviting finish. The 2012 is round and supple in style, yet also layered with vibrancy. (AG)
Good dark red. Red and dark fruits complicated by musky coffee, orange peel and spices on the nose. Sappy and concentrated, with ripe, harmonious acidity giving shape and lift to the flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, flowers and spices. Boasts lovely ripeness and a light touch, finishing with very fine tannins and excellent length. Impeccably balanced Pinot Noir, perhaps the best vintage to date for this bottling. (ST)
Interestingly this is actually more restrained and less expressive than the old vines cuvée though it's almost as complex and arguably slightly fresher as well. There is a fine sense of energy and detail to the utterly delicious flavors that possess a refined mouth feel before terminating in a dusty and impressively long finish. What this doesn't have though is the same depth of underlying material and in the same vein this translates into a bit less depth as well. Still, this is really quite good and also worth you attention provided you're willing to cellar it for a few years first. Drink: 2020+ *Outstanding*
2011 Rivers-Marie "Occidental Ridge Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $70)
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