This wine carries traditional Russian River flavors across the palate. Fresh plum, dark cherry and raspberries fill the palate while hints of vanilla bean, cedar, spice, shitake mushrooms and hints of smoke round out the rich dark fruit of this complex wine. The 2002 Russian River Pinot Noir should drink well over the next couple of years.
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 126, May/June 2006 ($32; from a blend of four vineyards, two of which are in Green Valley) Good deep red. Aromas of raspberry, strawberry and cinnamon. Supple, spicy and aromatic in the mouth, with enticing sweetness but slightly drying oak tannins. Could use a bit more vibrancy.
Burghound(2004 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Burghound in Issue 23, 3rd Quarter, 2006
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 132, May/June 2007. ($45) Medium red. Jammy raspberry and cola aromas complicated by mocha, red licorice and an exotic hint of peach pit. Sweet and velvety in the mouth, with creamy raspberry and plum preserve flavors and good heft. The weighty, round finish features a clingy red fruit preserve quality. I'd opt for drinking this on the young side.