($48) Bright red. The gorgeous nose offers a vivid bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry, cinnamon, allspice and fresh flowers. Fresh, spicy red fruit flavors offer terrific flavor impact but are light in body, with excellent lift and great focus. The spicy aspect gains power on the long, sappy finish. This reminded me of a wine from Domaine Dujac.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2008
Burghound | Rating: 92
An interesting and perfectly ripe nose of cherry liqueur and earth trimmed in a deft touch of spice merges into focused, precise and taut medium full flavors that have both depth and grace, all wrapped in a vibrant finish that displays a bit of youthful asperity that will undoubtedly age out over time. This is well balanced and while the tannins are largely invisible at this point due to the ample mid-palate extract, it will be capable of at least a decade's worth of cellar time, perhaps longer. Stylistically, this is built as much in the structure-driven model as the fruit-driven alternative. Definitely worth a look for those who like serious, built to age pinot but note that patience will be required.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 4th Quarter, 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Firm around the edges, this wine has a distinctive personality, offering nicely focused cherry, earth and delicate spices that mingle beautifully against refined tannins, lingering effortlessly.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The 2005 Pinot Noir 'Beacon Hillƒ?_ is dark colored. The fruit is dark, more black than red cherry with black raspberry also making an appearance. The wine is medium-bodied, supple-textured, with ample blue fruits to more than balance the acidity and tannin of the 2005 vintage.