(From 2006 Vintage) Dark ruby, french merlot style, dense, round, dry figs and plums taste Medium retro taste.
(From 2009 Vintage) Ruby and garnet in color, the 2009 Carneros Pinot Noir offers aromas of black cherry, Asian spice and sous bois that are lifted by a concentrated fresh fruit core. Consistent with the nose, the palate also demonstrates the qualities of a well balanced Pinot Noir: refined tannins, bright acidity, a generous mouthfeel and a lingering finish. Due to the cool conditions of 2009 vintage, this wine offers an exceptional fresh acidic structure and fruit balance, which furthers its Burgundian like qualities.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesEffusively aromatic with an impressive measure of curranty fruit overlain with toasty oak, a touch of dried herbs and uniquely varietal glints of loamy earth and forest floor, this rich, plushly textured youngster is as complex in flavor as it is in smell, and it shows a sense of grace and a certain polish that are simply not the norms of 1998. More than a simple display of ripeness and expensive barrels, the wine keys on defined Cabernet character throughout, and its winemaker earns special kudo...
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00