Similar to our last bottle, but seemed to carry a bit more freshness. Lively aromas of sweet raspberry, rosehip, and violets. The palate nicely balances riper mixed berries with underlying savory earthen tones. Though this is somewhat ripe, it performs well in that context. R&M88
The nose is contrasting, with sweet raspberry overlying horseradish, balsamic reduction, and violets. Ripe mixed berries open the palate, continuing against underlying elements of bay leaf, lavender, and root vegetables. There is a bit more of cedar presence on the finish in addition to flashes of earth and dried berries. Though medium bodied with adequate acidity, it feels as though the palate needs a bit more direction. This seems to be firmly new world in flavor, and certainly performs within that context.
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(Zepaltas Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast) Light medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; sous bois, forest floor nose; tart cherry, forest floor, mineral palate; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish (50% whole cluster)
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