($65; 88% of this fruit came from the Shea vineyard) Deep, bright red. Powerfully scented nose offers a sexy bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, incense, Asian spices and fresh flowers. Fleshy black raspberry and candied cherry flavors are deep and palate-coating, but there's no excess weight. Turns spicier on the long finish, which adds to the impression of juiciness and verve. Maggie Harrison, who was an assistant winemaker at Sine Qua Non, is the winemaker here.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The Botanica cuvee will be produced only in the better vintages. The 2006 Pinot Noir Botanica is sourced predominantly from the Shea Vineyard (which Sine Qua Non was using until recently). Medium ruby-colored, it offers up a toasty, cedary, cherry and raspberry accented nose followed by layers of fruit on the mid-palate. Ripe, concentrated, and mouth-filling the wine is well-balanced, savory, and long in the finish.
Drink Dates: 2010-2018
Author: Jay Miller
Burghound | Rating: 86
This is also quite somber and reserved with a background hint of reduction that plays right at the edge of the earthy briar and sauvage fruit aromas that merge into extremely rich, suave, round and opulent flavors that possess a lush texture and a distinctly edgy finish that is exacerbated by obvious warmth. Like its stable mate, the finish is not well integrated into the flavors but in this case, I have my doubts that it will be able to successfully do so. There is certainly good richness and concentration but at present, this is not a balanced wine. As such, I would not age it beyond one year to allow the youthful asperity to diminish.
I retasted this 7 hours later and found my earlier objections resolved. It was much better...less fruit and aromatics, but balanced, less edgy and the heat was no longer offensive. It also had a long (50 second) lip smacking finish.