Leads with the lively acidity I associate with this vineyard, followed by a still pleasant but heavier separate underlayer that doesn't quite seem like it's from the same wine. Smells great, and the overall flavor is as charming as all the Sandler Pinots' - just that darker, slightly lingering characteristic that takes a bit of the fun away.
UPDATE: over a couple of hours the wine integrated much more, became quite cohesive. Unfortunately for my taste the more lugubrious aspects subsumed the brisk, friendly entry. Still, just so very well made, especially for a "difficult" vintage in which quite a few California Pinots were just duds.
Goodness! Do I love Sandler. I was blown away by the limpid, beautiful and pure 2014. Now I am well into the 2011 and it is also outstanding. It it light bodied like the '14, but the red fruit perception is a little darker, and the color is as well. Add some pretty spice, too! Like the other, the wine begs to be drunk, and that I did, down to the last drop.
Ed Kurtzman Dinner (Luciana's, Dana Point, CA): Raspberry aromas and palate. The oak is still making itself known. Strawberry palate big spicy ending. This just nudges the 2010 and 2012 for my favorite. I'm a sucker for the best Pinot in California history, 2011.
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