Very big and rich and extracted, offering massive flavors of cherries and raspberries, enriched with caramelized oak. Very delicious, if a little obvious. Pinot Noirs from this stretch of the southern Santa Rita Hills tend to age well, gaining earthy complexities over the years. This one could hang in there for a long time.
Ryan Deovlet was winemaker at Stephen Ross, now doing his own thing with purchased grapes from this cool-climate vineyard, in sight of the Pacific. The wine is rather sweet, with a yeasty, leesy taste behind the tropical and citrus fruits.