Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is juicier, richer and rounder than the Sonoma Coast bottling tasted alongside it. Here it's the immediacy of the fruit that speaks loudest. Cinnamon, cherries, plums and mint are some of the notes that flesh out on a juicy, exuberant finish that captures the essence of Russian River Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Bright ruby. Pungent, highly aromatic red berry and cherry aromas show an array of floral, Asian spice and herb nuances. Ripe but energetic black raspberry, cherry-cola flavors show a subtle smoky earthiness and gain sweetness with air. Finishes sappy and long, with a strong whiplash of bitter cherry.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Rich and expressive, with bold layers of ripe blueberry, plum and wild berry flavors that show touches of spice and espresso. At points open-knit, yet tightening on the finish.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 92Author: BoxsterVino
Self | Rating: 92Author: Bud2123
Self | Rating: 92Author: Jam02110
Self | Rating: 92Author: Southbound Union
Self | Rating: 92Author: warnblinker
Self | Rating: 93Author: Randy
Self | Rating: 93Author: rdalehite
Self | Rating: 92Drink Dates: 2014-2017Author: cglass80
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2014-2019Author: Alvarado67
Self | Rating: 89Drink Dates: 2016-2030Author: NC
Self | Rating: 91Drank concurrent with Clos Apalta for Thanksgiving dinner. Not as good as remembered. Sweet but sort of flat and flabby. Not sure if concurrence with Clos Apalta was the issue.Author: Jim Rife
Self | Rating: 95Very plush and ripe, with mocha-infused cherries, sweet spices, and red fruits. Very good!Author: Maxcontinuous
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1313 bottles owned
- 288 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 288 collectors)