The Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills has a fabulously complex nose that will remind many drinkers of Cote de Beaune. A nice balance of ripe black berry fruit, tart red fruits and loamy earth dominate the aromas in the glass--not at all a fruit bomb--more of an earth-bomb with plenty of bright cherry and blackberry fruit to keep it lively and delicious. Refined, complex aromas wait those who search for them deeply in the glass: cranberry, rhubarb, candied orange peel, hibiscus tea, beet-root all peek out meekly behind the enticing and understated fruit expression. On the palate again, reminiscent of a young Burgundy wine from the Cote de Beaune--a tight-lipped young man concealing his character for the future. Drunk young, the structure and complexity of this wine begs for food--the higher in fat the better. Young, tight and grippy on the attack with firm structure and admirable fruit/earth in the long finish. Complex persistence from mid-palate through finish, very rare for a new release. Evoking both the Old and New Worlds simultaneously, this is a wine that will appeal greatly to those who pursue the earthy magic of Burgundy, but still want the California fruit/sunshine and a reasonable price point.
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