Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Dark raspberry nose. Ripe strawberry and raspberry flavors. Nicely balance fruit and acid. Fine tannins. A touch of candied cherry. I like this wine a lot and there is an amazing consistency between the 2010, 2011, and 2012 vintages.
Ed Kurtzman Comes To Dinner (2015) (Luiciana's In Dana Point): We tasted the 10-12 wines in the same flight, so we could get some contrast. Of the three, I put the 10 in third place. It does have red apple skin, dark raspberry, zingy acidity and light root beer. The reason I put the wine in third place is that it has a candied quality in the finish. The 12 was better and the 11, that wine is a gem, FWIW.
My last of 4 bottles and each one has put on weight while maintaining the components in the right proportion. Beautifully balanced - you won't mistake it from Burgundy, but twinges of guilt as this Burgophile dines solo and is enjoying it.
This wine is SO very difficult to let sit, as it is delicious young, but I was very pleased to find it in the cellar, and was generously rewarded. What a beautiful, rich, and spicy Pinot. You expect the spiciness from Keefer Ranch, but the added bottle time gives the wine a smoother balance, as it is relatively high abv. Explosive fruit on the forepalate, continues on until the finish, which is just a bit short, and brings forth the alcohol a bit. Regardless, even with a touch of heat, this is a fantastic Pinot - no surprise, coming from Ed Kurtzman, the king of Pinot. Wish I had more!
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