Very earthy, barnyardy nose-the kind Burgundians love and dream of. Cherry spice, cola and cassis flavors on the palate. Lots of tannins on the long finish and a fairly high level of acidity. Time is required for full enjoyment of this complex wine.
This is the winery’s top Pinot, Our Finest Stuff. It’s nice and dry, with crisp acidity and firm tannins framing cherry cola flavors, but it’s not particularly complex or ageworthy. Needs greater force, power and concentration for a reserve bottling.
New oak accounts for only 30% of the barrel regimen, but it dominates this Chardonnay, with buttered toast, vanilla and caramel flavors. Fortunately there’s also strong pineapple, Asian pear and apricot fruit, but the oak is too powerful.
After some unusual aromatics described variously by tasters as cheese, brine or shoe polish, this settles down to a lean, angular offering. It shows a tart, slightly bitter profile with sour plum and cranberry flavors, herb and chalk accents. Focused but not rich, it closes a bit narrow and astringent. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.