Not a stereotypical New World fruit-driven Pinot, this is a dark and stormy night—filled with earthy notes, tobacco, soy and root vegetables, with a wiry structure and firm finish that call Burgundy to mind. Drink 2007–2010.
Firmly built, with plenty of tannin, this powerful wine could use two years in the cellar to mellow. By then, the dark fruit, espresso and licorice notes should be better integrated and the mouthfeel will be smoother, the finish longer.
A well-crafted, finely balanced Pinot Noir, Deep Cove is a blend of estate and nonestate fruit. It’s properly Pinot-silky in texture, and features a nice mix of assertive fruit and subtle complexity, ranging from black cherries to mushroomy earthiness. Drink now–2013.
Pretty oaky stuff, with scents of freshly sawn cedar leading the way. There is a pleasant creaminess to the texture and the cranberry fruit does come through on the finish, so there are things to like besides the barrel treatment.