Medium ruby color, nice nose of spice and red fruits, with good floral components. Medium to light in weight, very restrained in style - yet brimming with flavors. Earth, spice, cranberry/pomegranate, maybe a hint of cinnamon. Excellent acidity, though this is a joy to drink right now. -
14.5% alcohol. Purple-tinged black cherry color. Initially tight nose that opens up to reveal a dark fruit nose of pomegranate and blackberry. In the mouth, a pleasant wine that is fruit driven, with slightly tart pomegranate and dark berry notes. Some notes of earth and a very nice kick of acidity. Solid finish shows some heat. This is a pleasant enough wine, but it's surprisingly completely devoid of RRV character. You can't tell if this is from Santa Lucia or RRV. B+
Lovely wine: complex, elegant, and multi-layered. Pure raspberry fruit with hints of cocoa. There is oak, to be sure, but its well-done and not clumsy. Big, bold, and balanced. The finish was cinnamony, but didn't overwhelm the fruit. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than last year, and would consider if good value for the $35 suggested retail, especially if you enjoy the robust RRV style of Pinot.
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