The 2012 Pinot Noir West Block is the most structured, backward and brooding of these offerings. It possesses tremendous density as well as potential with a very high ceiling in front of it, but it was much more difficult to evaluate. The color is deep, and the wine has a significant sense of weight and richness in the mouth, but the finish is loaded with tannin and extract. Hints of underbrush, wet gravel and black fruits are noticeable, but this wine needs 2-3 years of cellaring. It should easily last more than a decade. (RP)
Bright ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry, licorice and floral oil scents are brightened by a zesty mineral quality and a hint of white pepper. Stains the palate with sappy blackberry and cherry-cola flavors, with a sexy violet pastille note gaining strength with air. The most masculine and broad-shouldered of this year's pinots here, finishing with excellent thrust, focus and smoky persistence. (ST)
The 2012 Pinot Noir West Block is the most vivid and expressive of these 2012 Pinot Noirs. Violets, cloves, new leather and blueberries burst from the glass in an explosive, full-bodied Pinot loaded with personality and class. Ideally, readers should give the 2012 at least a year or two in bottle to soften. This virus-stricken parcel, planted in 1970, produces tiny berries with thick skins and yields rich, deep Pinots. (AG)
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