James Suckling | Rating: 96A nose that is so rich in fruit that the complexity held below is almost obscured in this youthful phase. But some time in the glass unlocks plenty of interest, in the form of ripe dark cherries, iodine and dark stones. Impressive depth and plushness on the palate with layer upon layer of perfectly ripe cherries that are stacked deep into the finish. Superb pinot noir with poise, focus and intensity. Try from 2022. This has a bright future.Author: James SucklingIssue: 12/12/2019
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