A distinctive note that I tend to associate with Pinot from the Santa Cruz Mountains, but not sure if it is clone or terroir or something else. Fruit forward, but not over ripe or overbearing. Balanced and quite tasty, but not obviously set up for long aging.
I'm going to disagree with the prior review. From a PnP. This wine brings more (nice clean) earthiness than any RRV Pinot I've tasted and more than any I recall from the Big Basin lineup. The wine is fairly substantial, with a brooding underbelly that competes with not-fully-integrated oak, so I think it will perform better with air/time in bottle. It is a masculine Pinot, but it does not evoke Syrah, with plenty of Pinot character on the nose, which might have been a little closed (but I was drinking socially out of small glasses). If this was buried in tannin and somewhat more acidic people would confuse it with a Burgundy designed to be served at vintage +15 with quail. Well, in any case, it's a SCM Pinot, and a damn good one. If I had another I'd hold another 2+ years. 91+
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