(From 2010 Vintage) The name "Elizabeth’s Reserve" was first used in 1986 to designate the blend of their best barrels of Pinot noir. "Supple and streaked with chocolate and caramel, this explosion of cherry, cassis, cola and Dr. Pepper contains sneaky notes of tobacco and pepper threaded through the lingering finish.
As usual, this is a wine that, though quite approachable in its youth, will only show its best after years of aging. Archetypal Lizzie flavors abound, a mix of pie-cherry and Indian spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc). As the vines have gotten older, each vintage seems more structured, but the gentle handling ensures a graceful, elegant Pinot Noir. Given proper storage conditions, the wine should have at least a decades ageablility. The wines bright fruit will marry well with classic pai...