*Ranked #77 in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016* Balance, depth, detail and elegance are the hallmarks here. Pretty raspberry/cherry fruit comes up quickly, framed in proportionate acids and tannins. Streaks of malt powder, caramel and mocha weave through a long, subtle finish. (PG)
Very perfumed with flower, peach and strawberry character. Full body, tight palate and a big mouthfeel on the finish. Shows structure and richness. Better in 2018.
Deep red. Pungent cherry, black raspberry, cola and floral aromas are sharpened by lively Asian spice and mineral notes. Succulent and gently sweet, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors and a sexy lavender pastille quality. Nicely energetic for the vintage, finishing with impressive clarity and persistence and smooth, harmonious tannins that sneak in late. This stunning, ideally situated vineyard - which looks remarkably similar to Burgundy’s famed Corton hill, right down to the crowning stand of trees - comprises just over 200 acres of vines on a 373-acre former turkey farm that owner Bill Stoller’s parents established in the early 1940s. Stoller, who was raised on the farm, assumed control of it when turkey production ceased in 1993, and the first vines, 10 acres of Pinot Noir and 10 acres of Chardonnay, were planted in 1995. Winemaker Melissa Burr, who started out working at Cooper Mountain in 2001, favors a style that tends toward freshness and forward fruit, with polished tannins that allow her Pinots to be drunk on the young side. The new oak percentage hovers in the one-third range, depending on the vintage and vineyard, which Burr thinks "strikes a nice balance for accessibility and also contributes some but not too much wood tannins and spice, which you have to be careful with when you’re dealing with Pinot." (JR)
The 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir comes from sections that tend to stand out in the vineyard and are kept separate during fermentation - looking for length and concentration. Matured in around 30% new oak and the rest neutral, it has a lively bouquet with raspberry jus and crushed strawberry with a hint of a vanilla coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, juicy tannin, plenty of crushed strawberry and cranberry notes, a hint of spice and cardamom with a well-balanced, quite dense finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. It is not overly complex in style, but the delineation and focus deserves a round of applause. (NM)
This round wine delivers generous cherry fruit with a peppery twist. That exuberant fruit will win you over with its simple, vibrant energy.
Fresh, inviting and open-textured, layering the plum, currant and floral flavors with lightly prickly tannins, coming together harmoniously on the finish. (HS)
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