Just lovely and simply adorable. The dark fruit, sublime orange zest, minerals, red currant, wet granite, fresh herbs and subtle raspberry all merges into a lovely and astonishing nose. Elegance is the keyword here, with a silkiness and a balance that would make anyone envious. The acidity and oak treatment adds to the overall impression but is so totally integrated I am quite amazed. This is a clean, nice and very elegant effort. A lovely Pinot, well worth seeking out. (score is 94+)
Back in the Willamette; 2/15/2015-2/20/2015 (Willamette Valley): Maggie described this wine as all blue fruits and herbal and while I see the second part of that, I mostly got a nice soft cherry here. Really liked the pepperiness of the wine. There's lots going on and it's still much too young to be drinking, but I see a lot of potential. The Botanica was perhaps more approachable at this age, but something makes me think this wine might eventually be the one to outshine.
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