Showed noticeably better balance and integration than the prior bottle five months ago. Blackfruit continues to predominate, but the complexity and smoothness have increased, as has the integration leading to the finish. Noticeably more mineral notes on the finish and still plenty of structure. This wine continues to evolve positively and I suspect will reward a bit more patience.
Rose, earth and raspberry on the nose. A big pinot noir, but with excellent richness and structure. California in style for sure, but well balanced; NOT a fruit bomb. Black raspberry and cranberry upfront, backed with a slight bit of cherry. Spice and earth notes on the finish along with very good acidity that contributes to good length overall. I believe this wine is still integrating and smoothing out. Plenty of structure and plenty of fruit suggest that this will continue to improve.
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(Small Vines Wines Pinot Noir) Medium dark ruby color with pale meniscus; very appealing, ripe cherry, floral, baked cherry, black cherry, black raspberry nose with a touch of herbs and hint of roses; tasty, rich but balanced, ripe raspberry, ripe cherry, delicious red fruit with a plush core of tart cherry; medium-plus finish (14 mos. in barrel)