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Community Tasting Notes (15) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • 14.4% alcohol. This offers up an expressive, enthralling bouquet of dark red fruits, brown and barrel spices, potpourri, and an earthy suggestion. In the mouth, a more masculine, richer, fuller bodied, and deeper pitched expression that I am accustomed to from this producer - Concentrated, layered, effusive, and still quite fresh/vibrant with an impressively lengthy and expansive finish. Seemingly many years of life ahead. Marvelous wine that is just behind the 2006 Summa for my favorite Littorai pinot to date. Dinner at Piccolo.

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  • Bottle was opened for about two hours prior to this note. Deep ruby red core with some noticeable lightening at the edges, zero browning. A wonderfully expressive rich and savory nose with tons of layers. Warm strawberry reduction with a red floral perfume like scent. Nose also has some dried herb scents along with some brown baking spice. Palate is really lovely and bright. Keeps bouncing back between rich and savory to crunchy and high toned. With a bit more air it seems to find a perfect balance. Lovely richness with some bottle sweetness. Rolled in is some bright almost crunchy acids and tannins. This is really hitting a sweet spot for me as it manages to stay interesting and fresh but doesn't lack the concentration in doing so. Picking up a bit of citrus orange peel, cranberry and more of the brown baking spices. Front to back it doesn't have a hard edge to be found with still some freshness and structure. I'd have no problem drinking now with a bit of air or continuing to cellar as long as the acid and tannin will support. I'm sure some are wondering how this compares to Burgundy and I am not sure I could peg this as either or in a blind tasting. In the end..... who cares, this is truly some magnificent California Pinot Noir.

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  • Historically one of our all-time favorite Californians, and this bottle was terrific. No sign of aging; ruby colored; lovely nose of red fruit, roses, some earthy forest, spices, and the slightest touch of vanilla; perfectly balanced in the mouth; and a lingering soft finish. Just a wonderful bottle of wine, and relatively quickly emptied.

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  • Popped and poured. Deep ruby with little fading. On the nose - boysenberries, cherry, a bit of alcohol, but deep rich fruit. On the palate - lovely depth and intensity kept in check by the acidity. This is very good. Continues to develop more complexity and doesn't fade at all. May be the best Savoy I have tasted.

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  • very pretty. Red fruits with some sweetness on the nose. More earthy fully, long, balanced, and mineral in the mid-palate and finish. Such a sikly integrated balanced well made wine that could age longer as it still appears young but oh so smooth..

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

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