91(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014
Vivid ruby-red. Dark berries, cherry, black tea and licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. The most masculine of this year's set of pinots here, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Shows brighter red fruits on the penetrating, youthfully tannic finish, which is sweetened by notes of vanilla and candied rose.
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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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