The nose is rich, and the flavour matches, and is even a bit richer. On the palate, blackberry and blackcurrant. The finish is medium in length. It tastes like a Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir, but earthier. I like Carneros Pinot Noir. (Methinks I taste a bit of "Sonoma dust." Or is that a myth?) Per label, Lone Tree Vineyard contributes depth of flavour, while Winery Lake Vineyard gives floral characteristics. I paid $9 for a half bottle, so I wasn't expecting greatness, and this wine tasted better than expected. If you have a half bottle, I wouldn't wait till 2018; I would drink by 2017 or even 2016. I just don't taste enough tannins to go to 2018. Overall value: 4 stars of 5. Overall impression: very good.
Good body and depth. Medium acidity, low tannins. Short(ish) finish. Strawberry, cola, and some stewed prune. Not overly extracted or overly ripe; fairly austere. I used to like this Cali Pinot profile, but it's just not doing it for me these days. The sour stewed prune notes aren't pleasurable.
On sale at costco now and need to try another bottle before getting a case. I bought spontaneously, without research, and when i got home and checked this site, was disillusioned and almost brought back without drinking. It was tight when opened and after about an hour was quite good. Riedel pinot glass
In back to back nights I preferred the 2011 Cambria Julia's over this one. This is just not as fruit forward and a bit higher acid. Others might prefer this over the Cambria's for exactly what I didn't like as much.