International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Bright ruby. Vibrant, mineral-accented black raspberry and cherry-cola on the perfumed nose and palate. Sappy and precise, with very good depth and a spine of acidity that adds lift and cut. Pure, focused and energetic pinot noir with excellent finishing power and smooth tannins that harmonize with the wine's intense berry fruit.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The dense ruby/purple-colored, mineral-laced 2012 Pinot Noir River Block offers more plum, Asian spice and floral characteristics as well as hints of forest floor and wet stone. With considerable power, it builds incrementally on the palate, finally opening to reveal a full-bodied, intense mouthfeel.Author: Robert Parker
The result has been a decades-long tradition of outstanding vintages: Silky-smooth, fruit-forward Pinot Noirs; rich, opulent Chardonnays; and tangy, food-friendly Sauvignon Blancs.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 60 bottles owned
- 17 collectors