91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
(a 50/50 blend of fruit from Santa Maria Valley and the Sta. Rita Hills): Light, bright red. Spicy red berry aromas are complemented by white pepper,
vanilla and rose. Graceful raspberry,
cherry and candied flowers on the palate, with silky tannins adding grip. Elegant and precise pinot with excellent finishing clarity and floral-driven length.
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