The 2008 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir delivers suave aromas of macerated cherries, blackcurrant, spices and cigar box. The flavors are fresh and juicy, showing ripe black cherries and cassis, framed by a long spicy aftertaste with a vibrant structure. Enjoy this complex yet easily approachable wine now or cellar for up to 7 years. Pairs well with Northwest-inspired cuisine, like salmon, duck or mushrooms.
(From 2011 Vintage) Dark red with purple hues, the 2011 Grand Cuvee is bright and vibrant with a nose of sweet raspberries, bakers chocolate, violets and tea leaves. It is broad and soft across the palate with great lenth from the balance of tannis and acidity. Flavors of coconut, plum, leather and cherry cola linger on the palate.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2007 Vintage) Somewhat high in toasty, woodsy notes but nicely fruity behind those first impressions, the aromas of this fairly full-bodied wine fend off a hint of greens and keep fruit at the front of the line. Supple and showing a bit of Pinot Noir velvet, this one crosses the palate comfortably and finds enough well-integrated acidity at the back to finish with both polish and a nice bit of energy. It needs no cellaring-so enjoy.
Wine Spectator(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/06