This wine took several days to pull away from the dominating grip of whole-cluster spice, which gave it an edge of green olive. When it did, it revealed gently persistent fruit, dark cherries with a whiff of balsamic, fine tannins holding the wine’s clean, remarkably delicate flavors. It needs time in the cellar to knit; then serve with a rosemary-roasted game bird.
Fresh and lively, with a polished texture around a sleek core of raspberry and floral flavors, dancing deftly on the finish. (HS)
The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Seven Springs Vineyard, matured in around 15% new barrels (Hermitage cooperage), has a very attractive bouquet with blackberry, briary and a touch of undergrowth, perhaps from the judicious 10% whole cluster fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, crisp and tensile tannin, quite linear in style and it feels tight on the bitter cherry and blackberry finish, but there is plenty of fruit here and it will expand when it is bottled. Drink now-2029. (NM)
Aged in 30% new Ermitage barrels for 16 months. Aromatics of mixed ripe berries still full of bramble and a savoury core carry into the palate. The mid palate is mouth-filling and bright with a long mouth-watering finish. With air the berry flavours develop a bit of creaminess verging into kirsch notes and the wine overall becomes more savoury. I will be curious to taste this wine again in a few years as it is approachable and pleasant now but is a good candidate for developing with a couple of years in bottle. 17+/20 Points (ECB)
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