94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(51% estate fruit, with the rest from Occidental Road vineyard, near the Sonoma Coast): Bright purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, incense and fresh flowers, with vanilla and star anise accents building with air. Stains the palate with sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors. This gained weight and power with air, blending richness and vivacity smoothly. Finishes with outstanding clarity, energy and floral persistence.
87 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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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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