(16% alcohol; 80% new oak) Deep ruby-red. Raspberry liqueur, blueberry and hints of forest floor on the nose. Sweet, full and fat with berry fruit. A dense, huge fruit bomb of a pinot noir that maintains a good firm edge. Finishes with dusty tannins, great sweetness and a bit of youthful aggressiveness. The crop level here was just a half-ton an acre, according to Aubert.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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