91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2008
($75) Good medium red. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry on the nose; offers much more clarity and primary fruit character than the Earth Smoke. Then round and pretty in the mouth, with a lovely spiciness to the red fruit flavors. Very suave, sexy pinot with sweet lingering fruit and no shortage of grip. (Terra Firma, Oakland, CA)
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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