A blend of 60% Family Farm, 30% Horseshoe and 10% Alpine Vineyard, the 2012 Pinot Noir San Mateo County offers lots of peppery herbs, kirsch, spice-box, cola and dried earth to go with a fleshy, forward, textured and impeccably balanced feel on the palate. While this doesn't have the vibrant cut of the other single vineyards, it has plenty of fruit, a full, nicely layered and textured mid-palate, and no shortage of tannin, all suggesting it will evolve nicely going forward. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86
Shows a dry, savory, herb-laced berry core, with cedar and crushed rock notes. Ends with gravelly, gritty tannins. Drink now through 2023.
Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92
Crushed rose petals, mint, sweet red berries and cinnamon are some of the many notes that meld together in the 2012 Pinot Noir San Mateo. A wine of precision and nuance, the 2012 impresses for its balance. Sweet and savory notes from the inclusion of 60% whole clusters add lift on the finish. In 2012, the San Mateo is a blend of 60% Family Farm, 30% Horseshoe and 10% Alpine. - Antonio Galloni
Popped and poured; drank over 3 hours. Med-red color with nose of sweet red fruit and some earth. A bit of funk was present on the nose but it blew-off over the initial 30 minutes. Fairly forward, red fruit flavors with nice finish. I describe this wine's character as a mix of CA pinot and Burgundy. The sweetness of the nose definitely leans to the more modern CA style. This wine should improve over the next 2-5 years. Try again in a few years to see if it picks-up any secondary attributes.