This wine was a real roller coaster. Had 3 bottles. Drank the first one about 2 years ago, and it was spectacular. Drank the second bottle about 1 year ago. It was not awful, but was no where near the first bottle and poor in light of the price point. This last bottle was much better......but not quite what the first bottle showed. Since, the last bottle got better, I have a hard time concluding the root cause might have been my storage. One of the mysteries of wine..........but, I am not used to this type of experience with PN.
Much better than the last bottle I had, just four months ago. Very well made. Fruit forward California style, but some dustiness and complexity that make it special. Ready to drink now - hard to imagine it getting much better with time.
I usually love Black Kite - their Pinots are often unabashedly fruit-forward and extracted, but rarely overdone, and keep very true to their Anderson Valley origins (though I think Black Kite has started purchasing fruit from other areas).
Sadly, this '10 River Turn is not distinctive (in February '15). A little thin, lots of acid and edgy fruit without layers or distinctiveness. Not a bad wine, just not in a place where it evokes a sense of place or of occasion.
Medium dark color, focused, ripe cherry, ripe raspberry, baked raspberry, well defined, cherry tart, raspberry, mineral evident. Nice finish. Just a really nice drinking pinot. Another nice effort from Black Kite. I'm a fan.
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