94 Points

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - From what is considered a feminine grape, from an area and vineyard, the RRV’s Olivet Lane, that often produces sexy, ethereal and feminine wines (and along with the WV is my favorite home for the grape), and from a female producer/winemaker which is largely irrelevant really but makes for a nice trilogy, comes this rollicking, adventurous, blockbuster of a Pinot.

Staying with the analogy I might compare this wine to Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien but it seems more Steve McQueen as Hilts in The Great Escape: brooding, bigger-than-life but also mysterious, complex and surprisingly nuanced once one looks under the hood. Add in Merry Edwards as Katniss in the Hunger Games.

I could talk about the deep red and the spicy, spicy nose, the bright explosive fruit with lovely burnt sugar on the nose and palate, the undercurrent of mineral and rose petals that stay in the background and the long satisfying finish. But I won’t. ;-)

Let’s just say this was one deeply satisfying wine to accompany the third round of the Masters and a lovely lamb stew. I just hope that Phil Mickelson as Hilts 'The Cooler King' actually makes it over the fences and out alive this time to put on his 4th Green Jacket as we finish the remainder of the bottle this evening.

My wine of 2012 so far.

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