Bright ruby. Sexy, complex bouquet of blackberry, cherry-cola and smoky Indian spices. Brighter raspberry and rose qualities on the velvety, seamless palate, lifted by alluring spiciness. At once rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness. This wine's depth and power suggest that it will reward patience.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2009 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard is gorgeous. An intoxicating melange of dark plums, wild cherries, white flowers, licorice, spices and cinnamon emerge from this dazzling, beautifully delineated wine. The Lancelot possesses superb clarity and precision while capturing plenty of textural depth. It is a first-class effort from start to finish. A closing blast of black cherry fruit is suggestive of Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux.
Ruby red. Soaring nose of spice, red cherries and flowers. In the mouth, this impeccably balanced wine is chock full of cranberries, underbrush, earth and minerals. It glides like aristocratic silk across the palate, leaving a with a long, lingering finish of minerals and very fine-grained tannins that arrive very late. Approachable now, this elixir will only get better with a few years of cellaring.