Moderately deep ruby color, out to the edge. A much better bottle than my last review, as the petrochem aspect did not sully the nose, allowing the more delicate initial floral and red berry aromas to shine through. Tannins are reduced from last tasting and the mouth feel is clean, if a bit chewy. Acids are still firm, influencing the flavor profile to a more tart impression. Flavors of sour cherry, cigar, grape stem and a bit of...butterscotch (?) still predominate. Medium long finish.
Exploding with gorgeous raspberry about 6 inches from the glass. There's also sort of a sweet red and blue berry cobbler note on the nose--sweetness and absolutely mouthwateringly pure fruit. I also get a hint of faint fresh basil/mint with warm, dusty earth.
The raspberry shows first with the entry and transitions to delicious cranberry. Great acidity of the red fruit carries this wine that is laser focused and not at all heavy. Unfortunately, the midpalate thins out a bit too much, but comes back with a savory finish that shows this wine's first hint of oak.
This is a really, really good wine that stops just short of being great.
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(Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir) Dark ruby color; floral, roses, ripe cherry, tart raspberry nose; tasty, floral, tart raspberry mineral, tart cherry palate with medium acidity; needs 2 years and should go 15+; medium-plus finish (14.5% alcohol) 93+ points
(Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir) Dark red color; appealing, floral, hibiscus, tart cranberry, tart cherry nose; tasty, poised, tart cranberry, tart cherry, mineral palate with a little toasty oak; needs 2 years to integrate; medium-plus finish (14.5% alcohol)