The vineyard is across the road from Bien Nacido, and the wine shows many of the same qualities as that famed property. This Pinot is big, dry and dusty, with some fairly grippy tannins. Yet it has the purity and silky mouthfeel of great Pinot Noir, with a crushed brown spice taste that hovers over ripe cherry-berry, cola and mocha flavors. Decant for a few hours…
Big, rich and sappy, this tastes like cherry and raspberry jam that has been boiled down and made into wine—a suggestion of its youth. It is very fine, with keen acidity and a noble structure tinged with minerality. Give it 3–5 years to age.
Good and rich, with jammy cherry, blackberry, currant and dark chocolate flavors that finish dry and crisp. But the mouthfeel is a little heavy and Rhône-like for a Pinot Noir, and as a result, the wine is a pace off the ’05.