This is a muscular, concentrated wine with no shortage of horsepower. In the mouth, it's rather loud and acidic. But flavors of smoky black fruits, vanilla and toast are good and finish spicy. This is heavy and rough by global standards, but it has good fruit and isn't timid.
Now developing into an impressive, maturing wine, this is rich, and complex. It has well integrated tannins that bring out sweet acidity, spice and finely lightly roasted coffee. Ready to drink, it should certainly keep for at least 6 years and probably more.
A ripe and fruity wine, very typical of the vintage. There’s a strong stalky black currant character, with some dry tannins and wood flavors. The aftertaste, though, comes right back to fruit and juicy acidity.
Shows the ripe voluptuousness that this vineyard always brings to Pinot Noir, as well as near-perfect balance. So rich, so delicious, it’s hard not to drink the whole bottle. Waves of raspberry and cherry preserves, date-nut bread, white pepper, brown sugar, vanilla and toast are wrapped in a silky texture, with gorgeous acidity and smooth tannins. Drink over the…
A very pretty expression of Sean Thackrey’s Cassiopeia’s clonal experimentation, gorgeously floral and well rounded, with bright, concentrated, lush flavors of cherry with a light layering of spice. Well integrated, it’s a standout among standouts.
Wow. Black Kite’s River Turn, one of of its three annual block designates, is invigoratingly inviting, a heady mix of floral cherry pie, bright, full and ripe with a balanced backbone of acidity and a gentle hint of gingerbread. This wine is ready to enjoy this second, but if you can help yourself, it’ll also hold up for several years in the cellar and no matter…
The fragrance of this graceful and delicate artisan pisco resembles a fresh, minty breeze, with some fruit underneath. On the palate, violet notes come forward, but never overwhelm, fading into light ginger notes on the finish. So lightweight, the flavors almost feel like they’re drifting away off the tongue. This is one to sip and savor.
This wine eschews the current trends and sticks to its full-blown guns, remaining a broad, lush and creamy-textured wine, with open, inviting aromas of peach, cashew and pineapple. It’s richly nutty and tropical at the same time, offering layers of complexity and depth to be enjoyed over the next several years.