I love this Pinot for its dry silkiness, fruit, and the way it’s so complex and ever-changing in the glass. Cherries, raspberries, cola, plum skin, mocha and dusty Asian spice are the elementary flavors, amplified by rich oak, but it’s not a fruit bomb. It’s elegant and complex, exemplifying cool-climate California in a great vintage.
The vineyard sources of Landmark’s Grand Detour Pinot have varied, but the wine’s quality is as high as ever. Made from five well-regarded properties, the ’06 is intricately detailed, with complex flavors of dried cherries, red currants, mocha, licorice, sautéed mushrooms splashed with balsamic and smoky, vanilla-infused oak. The silky texture and spicy finish make…
This has been a consistent bottling for Landmark over the years. They took a price increase this vintage, but it’s a very fine Pinot Noir. Crisp and elegant, it brims with flavors of wild mountain cherries, raspberries, cola, orange zest, smoky oak and forest notes of pine and chamomile.
Firm in its steely texture, with bright citrusy acids and a mélange of fruity flavors ranging from sweet apples through peaches and pears, with a tease of pineapple purée. This lush wine has a rich, creamy texture, and finishes with butterscotchy caramel.
With Pinot Noir, texture is everything, and this lovely wine is pure silk and satin. That makes it drinkable now, with its pretty flavors of raspberries, cherries, cola, cinnamon butter and sandalwood. But it’s also tannicly tough, with a sandpapery scour. Seems like it should mellow over the next 3–4 years, although not much beyond that.
Polished green apple and peach flavors are joined with oriental spices to provide a rich, tasty drink. Oak adds vanilla, smoke and toast. Very dry, with biting acidity. Earns extra points for complexity and great structure. —S.H.
Raspberries, plums, and loads of intense, pure fruit, with cinnamon and leathery accents. Rich, chewy and concentrated, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, voluptuous finish. Very ripe, stylish and satisfying now.