I still remember the first bottle and this has put on considerable weight since then. Well, that one came off pretty light I guess, this is in the med+ range for sure.
For me this was a stunner. It has a little heat showing all over, but the red fruit is crisp and absolutely crystalline. There's spice there, and Sonoma is certainly in play with some baseline pinot earth. The citrus peel has retreated, leaving the acidity, but integrating. While it may have more weight, it is not the kind of weight that detracts from pinot, it's just right and lively for the tremendous raspberry and cranberry you get in this wine. Like many of the best RM wines, this hits that flavor spectrum sweetspot where all the layers come together to hit the main palate with very appealing flavor. It's great fruit, and well built, and while I don't see it being amazing, I would not be surprised to be embarrassed for having said so in 6 to 10 years.
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