Good balance and a plethora of juicy, ripe fruit flavors highlight this full-bodied wine. It has generous black cherry and light baking-spice aromas, plenty of cherry and sour cherry in the flavors and a moderately tannic texture livened by good acidity. (JG)
Lurid ruby-red. Sexy, oak-spiced raspberry and floral pastille scents, along with hints of cola, vanilla and musky underbrush. Appealingly sweet and precise on the palate, offering juicy red fruit liqueur, spicecake and mocha flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift on the impressively long, silky finish, which leaves behind suggestions of five-spice powder and vanilla. (JR)
As a group, the Black Kite Pinot Noirs key on fruity richness, and this one does just that while showing excellent structure and a very careful complement of sympathetic oak. It is a fairly big wine with a fine fleshy feel and integral tannins, but it never defers to simple ripeness, and its long-lasting, well-focused flavors offer tantalizing glimpses of further layering and complexity to come. Enjoyable now for its fruity concentration, it will only get better with time and is sure to repay upwards of a half-dozen years of additional cellaring.
A different beast coming from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, the 2016 Pinot Noir Kite’s Rest offers more red and blue fruits as well as notes of candied violets, bay leaf, underbrush, and incense. Supple, nicely textured, with terrific purity of fruit, and nicely integrated acidity, it’s another terrific wine from this estate.
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