$32, 5 stars, 92 points, california, pinot noir, sonoma coast
Pale ruby, this see-through Pinot has beautiful color and watery legs in the glass. The nose is stunning- pronounced aromas of strawberry cobbler, red cherry, cherry cola, dusty wood, raspberry and red licorice. The palate is very smooth with a great expression of strawberry, cherry, raspberry, red cola and licorice with that sawdust-like earthiness. Very lithe tannins balance a medium acidity making for a mid weight mouthfeel that goes on and on. The finish is a touch tart and juicy but has great length. The thing I like so much about this varietal is it’s ease of drinking when young yet it has great aging capacity if made properly. This one is only 4 years old but will go on until 2030 at the least, pairing with roast pork, grilled Cornish hens, eggplant parmigiana or even a peppercorn filet mignon. It is seductive and lithe yet complex and mysterious. Delicious expression of the grape that gets 92 points from me and 5 stars for its $32 price point. Salut…..