89 Points

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Light, cherry skin color with little viscosity. Surprisingly light for a California Pinot, which in my experience are normally much more extracted.

Fresh and fruity on the nose, with cherry, strawberry, and cola, with undertones of mocha, walnut, cinnamon, orange blossom, and myrtle.

A solid medium body with food-friendly acidity, and a bit of a tingle on the tongue. The tannins are soft and a little powdery. Cherry juice, Indian spices (cardamom, coriander, etc.), ginger, and cinnamon that hold out through the mid-palate, finishing with dark chocolate, black tea, and moss.

An overall pleasant experience. The relatively high alcoholic content (14.5%) is noticeable, but only slightly so on the palate.

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