This is also gorgeously layered and brilliantly complex with a stunning nose of rose petal, violet, red and blue pinot fruit and perhaps the most overt mineral-influence of any wine in the group and this aspect can also be found on the beautifully textured, refined and pure flavors that are an exercise in balance and harmony. In sum, a wine of class and grace that in 10 years may ultimately prove to be as good as the Horseshoe. *Oustanding*
And the pinot from the “filet section” of Alpine Vineyard in 2008- just superb as well, but this wine has closed down a bit since I last had it in September of 2010 and really could use some time in the cellar. The nose is deep, complex and now showing a bit more structure than was the case several months ago, as it offers up scents of black cherries, dark berries, woodsmoke, fresh thyme, complex soil nuances and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and classy, with a fine core, nascent complexity, moderate tannins and a very long, reserved and soil-driven finish that closes with lovely grip and focus. I thought this would be drinking really well by 2013 the last time I tasted it, but that now seems a bit premature for primetime drinking. Drink between 2017-2040. 94+
Vivid red. Smoky raspberry, black cherry, potpourri and a note of candied licorice on the assertive nose. Supple, sappy and sweet, showing racy, mineral-tinged red berry and floral pastille character and excellent clarity. Ripe acids give this wine a juicy, energetic and very pure quality. Finishes with delicate tannins and resonating floral and mineral tones. This is already extremely sexy. (ST)
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