Popped & poured. Interesting flavor profile: cherry fruit, some vegetative notes, a bit of tar or tobacco, some oak, tad bit of smoke. Good acidity for food. Good mouth feel and plushness for a cocktail wine. Had it with ravioli in a red sauce and it was confusing. Need to try my next bottle with simple meat and veg--I think it might add some proper complexity.
Medium-light ruby red. Nice nose with cranberry, cherry, wood. Nice fruit, but it's a little uneven. Maybe it just needs some time. The sweetness of the fruit doesn't quite integrate. 88 points for potential.
Big, burly style. Lots of sweet, dark fruit and spice typical of the appellation. Very good example of SLH Pinot Noir. Drinking well right now, and I feel will age gracefully for another few years. 14.6% alcohol.
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(August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands) Group's #4 (my #4) – 89 pts.; 1, 2, 6, 1 - medium red color with pale meniscus; French oak, sous bois, floral, cranberry nose; tight, tart cranberry, tart cherry, mineral palate with richness; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (94% Rosella's with 1 barrel, or 6%, Garys')