International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($48) Good medium red. Very reduced nose offers aromas of cassis, kirsch, smoke and tobacco. Big and rich on the palate, with a penetrating sweetness to the dark cherry and blackberry flavors, thanks to ripe, firm acidity.Plenty of volume and structure here, but this pinot needs time. Finishes chewy and long, with sweet fruit. Richer than its 13.2% alcohol would suggest.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2007
Burghound | Rating: 86A moderately high-toned but rather grapey nose leads to more serious and delicious medium weight flavors that feature good detail and punch if limited depth. There is good freshness and enough underlying tension on the dusty and persistent finish to be interesting but one wishes for more complexity.Author: Allen MeadowsIssue: 1st Quarter, 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Loamy earth and dusty berry scents carry over to the palate, where they are vibrant and tangy, repeating the dark berry fruit themes. Has fine balance, tannins and acidity. Returns to the loamy berry flavors.Author: James Laube
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 93 bottles owned
- 46 collectors