This is pretty dark. Nose of sweet blackberries, cool black raspberries and a hint of sassafras and it's all so very fragrant. Palate shows a deftness of presence. Some wonderful red-black fruits and amazing bounce for. Intense and yet playful, this has some crush red cherries & bold black tea leaf. Tannins are nicely resolved and acidity decent. Finish holds all of that in check and longish. Might be a nod darker than I like to lean these day but I call it as I see it, and this one shows very nice indeed.
When this was released, and we tasted it at the Shack, where the winemaker's father (none other than Joel Peterson) was pouring, I recognized that it would mature into a superlative Northern Californian Coastal Pinot Noir. Evidently our young winemaker had difficulty locating suitable fruit for the vintage, until Rebecca's Vineyard (in the Russian River Valley) proved worthy and forthcoming. Although since the release its price has doubled, this is a monument to Pinot Noir and to California winemaking. Gobi's 2011 note (below) says it best.
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(Bedrock Rebecca's Pinot Noir) #1; COLOR-medium/dark; NOSE-great attack; I love the nose; really interesting flavored tobacco leaf; a little spiciness; beautiful strawberries; a little licorice component; PALATE-quite reserved that I like; a tremendous balance; I'm getting a dark fruit play with some lovely blueberries dancing on my palate; quite silky and expands on my palate quite nicely; this wine makes me think; I like this wine; it's really well done; extremely young; great balanced and elegant; getting an animal fat component (like a good stew) on the mid-palate that I like; I like the sour cherries on the finish; this is a very well made wine and quite complex; I like the spicy pepper on the third quarter transition to the finish; GV-92
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