This is a big, powerful young Pinot Noir, rich in ripe fruit. It’s solidly Californian, but with its silky texture, racy acidity and overall balance, retains elegance. Delicious now for its cherry, raspberry, cola, pomegranate, vanilla and cinnamon flavors, but should develop through 2013.
Showing lushness and rich texture, this wine, which was aged in 50% new French oak barrels, is front-loaded with cherry pie, red currant, chocolate, licorice, vanilla wafer and pepper spice flavors. It’s young and fresh in tannins, and should hold and improve for a few years.