2012 Littorai Pinot Noir B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(12.9% alcohol): Good deep red. Aromas of crushed black raspberry and menthol. Densely packed, sweet and still a bit youthfully reduced, with a captivating tangy quality to the sappy flavors of berries, spices and wild herbs. Very complex, layered wine from 25-year-old vines. I'd cellar this beauty for at least five years.
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