(2001 Vintage) This Pinot Noir begins beautifully in the glass with a deep garnet color. Rich aromas of black cherry, cinnamon and nutmeg are complimented by soft toasty oak. On the palate, plum and dried cherry fruit predominate, but notes of vanilla, clove and spice add to the wines complexity . Subtle hints of earth and toast balance the full texture and richness that lead into an incredibly long finish. Enjoy now or lay it down for a couple of years and experience the age ability of Carneros Pinot Noir.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jun-06
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Well-ripened cherries are teamed up with lightly creamy, vanilla-tinged oak in the pleasant, mid-mass aromas of this generally likeable wine. If somewhat blunted at present by a finishing note of acid-pushed tannin, it conveys reasonable fruit and a nice bit of flesh in the mouth, and it is destined to improve with a few years of further cellaring.
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2007 Vintage) Incredibly well-defined, harmonious aromas redolent of ripe red cherries, sweet strawberries, seductive oak smelling of toast and creme brulee lead to a surprisingly supple, almost velvety texture that would seem to belie the wine's tender years. It is endowed with ample fruit in its deep, rich flavors, and if a touch simple at this writing, the wine has everything in place for further develop -ment and promises to get better and better over the next three to six years with quiet cellaring.