Delicate pink color with hints of salmon. The first intense notes of red fruit develop into noble aromas reminiscent of minerals, spices, strawberries and raspberries. On the palate, the wine is rounded and balanced, with a delicately spicy finish. The wine has great structure and a strong "vinous" character, derived from superior quality pinot noir grapes.
Wine SpectatorRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/2009
Wine EnthusiastRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 12/15/2003
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesNot always consistent over the years, this latest version is young yet rich, fruity yet layered and a bit narrow yet deep enough to be convincing. More than that, it impresses today for its foamy, mouthfilling bubbles and long, lemony aftertaste. It can stand a bit of bottle age to gain a more rounded and complex patina, and, whether enjoyed now or later, it will be at home with either of platter of fresh-shucked oysters.
International Wine CellarBright, pale color. Initially reticent nose opened to reveal lemon, apple, mandarin orange, minerals and fresh herbs. Dry, bright and frothy, but with only moderate concentration and depth of flavor. Seems rather light-bodied for a wine from this house, but still a major improvement over a bottle I tasted last fall. Finishes with notes of apple skin and stony minerality.