Floral, earth and red fruit on the nose. Medium bodied and the longer it's open, the deeper and the more integrated it becomes. Starts off with lots of red cherry upfront with gradually intensifying red raspberry behind. Good tannic backbone and excellent acidity on the strongly mineral driven finish. The wine really comes alive in the back back of the mid-palette into the finish. A few years ago, I suspect this wine might have come across as over-the-top fruit forward and intense, but time has been very kind. The wine has retained the fruit complexity, but it's now balanced and getting close to being elegant. While it's certainly drinking very well now, I suspect it has at least a couple more years of improvement in front of it.
Upon removing the cork, strawberry preserves were prominent on the nose. After decanting a brief moment and tasting, to my surprise this wine did not allow me to zero in on a specific fruit profile. Cola, coffee, cedar and wet stone were the prominent aromas. The palate presents a very balanced, racy presentation of the same notes. Just a remarkable, complex example of Santa Rita Hills pinot with the usual, consistent style afforded by the expertise of Brewer Clifton. Well done!
Superripe cherries, strawberries, some vegetal components which were nice. I have to give this the nod for being extremely well made with good balance and complexity, but the ripeness is a bit too much for my taste these days. I think there are better new world pinot producers out there at this price point.
Never got a tomato nose before but others who have mentioned it in earlier notes in regard to this wine are correct. Tomato nose along with minerality. Rich palate of cherry and spice. Tart and ferric finish. Plenty of life left in this one. We were matching a salmon and melting tomatoes dish. I don't know if it was the tomato thing or not but the match was superb.
Red-purple color, red fruit/raspberry and a whiff of menthol on the nose, cool red fruit in the mouth. A bit of warmth at the back end. Big and flashy, but given that, feels like it's missing some mid-palate weight. Better with time in the glass. Needs time...not sure what it will become, but interested to see in a couple years.
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