This is an amply endowed, round wine, with no hard edges. The ripe cherry fruit is dusted with hints of dusty earth and ground cinnamon that linger on the finish. It’s a lush, harmonious mouthful of Pinot pleasure. Drink now–2020.
The lifted nose of herbs and tea gives an extra shot of complexity to this concentrated wine. Intense cherry and cassis fruit ends in a long finish that blends drying tannins with mouthwatering acids. Best from 2014–2020.
Villa continues to refine its Pinot program, and this may be the breakthrough vintage. Complex aromas include hints of flowers, spicy stems and dusky cherries. Round and broad in the mouth, it coats the palate with flavor before featuring firm, ageworthy tannins on the finish. Imported by Vineyard Brands.
From a difficult vintage, this is an impressively youthful wine, loaded with bold cherry fruit that’s vibrant, fresh and clean, with shadings of coffee-tinged oak on the silky finish. For drinking now and over the next few years.
The 2002 vintage was kind to Marlborough Pinot Noir, and this wine shows the beneficence of the weather in its plump, rounded flavors and supple tannins. Boasts ample black cherry, earth and cola and root beer flavors.
Despite some spicy, herbal nuances on the nose, this is surprisingly one-dimensional on the palate, offering little more than bold black cherry fruit and maybe a hint of sassafras. Some dusty tannins on the finish suggest cellaring one or two years in the hopes that more complexity will emerge.
A big, rich, mouthfilling wine, with ample plummy fruit and oak-imparted spice and vanilla. Tipping the scales at 15% alcohol, it finishes with a burst of warmth that acts to accentuate the oak.