Here, again, is an altogether splendid Pinot that belies any notion that only those wines sourced from a single vineyard can perform at the highest levels, and it features wonderfully keen and clear, ripe cherry fruit set against subtle notes of minerals and sweet spice. It is at once concentrated and neatly proportioned with a lengthy, properly firm finish, and, while impressing now with its measured richness, it will age famously and is guaranteed to last for a good many years.
A full-bodied blend from different vineyard sites, this wine celebrates darker, denser aspects of black cherry and cranberry alongside a savory, herbal component that persists on the palate, finished up by a mouthwatering mix of orange and chocolate. Complex and robust in tannin, it needs time to breathe before being enjoyed. (VB)
An expressive nose mixes both upper and lower register fruit aromas that include notes of cranberry, cherry, raspberry with dark currant, plum and violet. There is the same lovely mouth feel that is at once supple yet reasonably well-detailed, all wrapped in a seductively textured, focused and solidly persistent finish. I very much like the depth and about the only nit is a hint of backend warmth. Like the Russian River Valley, while this could certainly be enjoyed now I would be inclined to hold it for at least 3 to 5 years to allow more depth to develop. Worth considering. *Outstanding*
2011 Rivers-Marie "Occidental Ridge Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $70)
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