Fresh cranberry and black raspberry show on the nose of this bottling that also offers black-pepper sauce, savory soy and a touch of iodine. There's a tarry tension to the palate, but with tart dark cranberry and richer dark cherry flavors as well, mixing up the savory smoke with dense fruit. (MK)
Ripe black cherries, strawberries, forest floor and lots of spice emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard, which is medium-bodied, nicely textured, fresh and elegant. There’s a kick of tannin, yet ripe and polished. Give bottles a year or two and drink through 2024. This Santa Maria estate is run with incredible talent and passion by Bill Wathen and Dick Doré, who have been making wine together since 1985. They completed construction on a new winery in 2009 and they fashion a number of whites, numerous single vineyard and appellation Pinot Noirs, two Syrahs, and three Bordeaux blends. The wines are always impeccably made and shine more for their elegance and nuance than sheer power and richness. (JD)
The 2014 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard is a soft, open-knit, fruit-driven Pinot to drink over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice are pushed forward in this succulent mid-weight offering from Foxen. Ripe, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)
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