The vineyard isn’t well-known but deserves to be. It’s down the hill from Bien Nacido, in the sweet spot of Santa Maria Valley. Loring’s ’06 bottling is rich and ripe in cherries, currants, cola and tobacco, but more than that, has a textural complexity that gives it great interest value. Should age, too. Drink now–2012.
So syrupy sweet and delicious, you almost want to pour this over a cup of vanilla ice cream. It’s fabulously rich in cherry compote and milk chocolate, yet dry and backed up by crisp acids. Defines the extreme of a ripe, extracted, somewhat heavy Pinot Noir style, but there’s no denying how good it tastes.