$90, 5 stars, 93 points, california, pinot noir, sonoma coast
Pale garnet colored, this 9 year-old Pinot is showing signs of age and has medium viscosity legs (14.2% ABV) and a bit of haze (Unfined and unfiltered). Pretty lofty aromas of baked cherry, strawberry pie and an earthy, mineral note dominate the nose but I get beautiful cola meets vanilla and cocoa powder. Stunning. The palate is dry with silky tannins and medium (+) acidity. Delicious flavors of baked and stewed red fruit with earthy funk and seasoned oak caress my mouth. Vanilla cola really lights it up on the mid palate. The finish is very svelte with remnants of cooked fruit and some floral notes. A spectacular wine that get 93 points from me and for an estimated $90, 5 stars. Drink till 2026. I’m searing some Strip Steaks and some risotto to pair. Salut….