I too had an earlier vintage if this Pinot that pleased on all fronts, BUT this 2012 has not integrated yet. The nose is distincly earthy with a barnyard funk. Tanins and acidity seem to grip a bit too much. It has all the right elements, just not in sync. Of course I stocked up based on experience with the earlier vintage. Really hoping laying this down for a few years will help pull the elements together. The potential is there, time will tell.
Popped and poured. Enjoyed this over the course of a few hours with gazpacho, followed by dijon pork medallions at a favorite local BYO eatery... a perfect match! Concentrated fruit on the nose and palate, long finish with balanced lingering tannins. Surprisingly little heat for the 15.4% alcohol. Drinking VERY nicely now, a classic Ridge style Zin. Too bad I only have one left.