Ruby color; on the opaque side for a pinot noir but slight translucency. Pronounced and typical varietal aroma, with red fruits, smoke, nicely balanced oak. Burgundian-style nose. Full-bodied flavor, concentrated, very well balanced between fruit, tannin and acidity. Excellent rich fruit flavors which increased on the palate. Very long, smooth aftertaste. This, along with Walter Hansell North Slope, are probably our favorite American pinot noirs. I get much more nose, flavor, and complexity from this than from Kosta Browne, Martinelli, or Marcassin...and the 2012 should be even better! Ric
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