(From 2011 Vintage) Our 2011 3 Vineyard Pinot begins with perfect garnet color, as your nose is immediately met with elegant cherry, black cane fruit, and beautiful floral aromatics (at the intensity of a florist shop or big orange stamens). The palate shows low to moderate tannins, silk nap, a nice bitter accent on finish, and age-worthy acid. Warm a sip on the tongue - you peel layers of pie cherry, chocolate, sage, mint, rose petal, juicy summer strawberries, slight toast, and vanilla. Truly elegant, and a very appropriate representation of 2011 intensity and balance.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesReminding of its mate above in its varietal precision, but slightly less well-filled, this one is nonetheless a nicely fruited, somewhat tangy but enjoyable offering. It too will make a fine accompani-ment to the fleshier fishes or light meats but wants dishes made with a finer hand than its sibling.