A truly unique Pinot Noir, where our Winemaker selects nine of the best, highest quality barrels of the vintage to craft this spectacular wine. This complex Pinot Noir entices with alluring aromas of Bing cherry, sassafras, black licorice and espresso. The robust, richly layered palate offers up flavors of loganberry, dark chocolate and spicy clove. A noticeably vibrant acidity indicative of the 2012 growing season keeps the overall impression of the wine nicely balanced, delivering both elegance and power in the glass. This release is an excellent example of the vintage for Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
This is a wine that can actually stand up to more robust fare including coffee-crusted filet mignon, Moroccan-spiced lamb or herbed roasted almonds. Aged cheeses are a spectacular match, especially with dried berries alongside.
91pts Robert Parker