• Castle Peak wrote: 93 points

    October 23, 2018 - Still really nice. Fruit, spices and acid in near perfect balance. Similar to my 2016 notes.

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  • Castle Peak wrote: 94 points

    November 28, 2016 - Don't recall this from earlier bottles, but has a reddish brick translucent color. Still elegant, pure and well balanced, but has developed an assertive richness in the last 2 years which adds a new dimension to this wine. The Pinot Noir grape never ceases to amaze. A mouthful of joy, but don't find this over extracted or concentrated.

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  • lewisrise wrote: 93 points

    November 24, 2016 - Nose of dark cherry and cinnamon. Well balanced, cherry and rhubarb. Very long finish for a Pinot

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  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 11, 2015 - Red cherry and earth notes on the nose. Remains medium bodied, but has shifted towards the red end of the flavor spectrum. Red cherry upfront with deeper notes of black cherry behind as well as plum which adds richness and depth. Seemed lighter at first, but given time open, regained the weight and density that I recalled from prior bottles. The fruit is still very pretty, but has lost just a bit of its complexity. Tannins are fully integrated, adding structure without dryness. There is a brightness on the finish, along with the mineral quality and the overall silkiness and very nice length. All that said, this wine is clearly at peak and depending on your bottle, may even be starting down the backside. The fruit and balance won't get any better than they are today. Drink this over the next year to 18 months to enjoy it at this level.

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  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 11, 2015 - Blackfruit and floral notes on the nose. Solidly medium bodied with a lot of richness but extremely well balanced. Black cherry and raspberry upfront with some plum in the background adding depth and tying all the notes together. The fruit has a depth to it and rich roundness that sails through the middle. Tannins are fully integrated and lead to a good length finish. This was an elegant and very enjoyable bottle with the structure and the fruit to last but peak is probably over the next year or so.

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  • bcg14 wrote: 92 points

    December 28, 2014 - Typical black cherry notes of Carneros, but completely resolved tannins and just a hint of alcohol on the back end. Medium bodied, but not lacking in flavor, it was one of the best Carneros Pinot's I've had.

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  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 12, 2014 - This is just simply a beautiful pinot. Classic nose, wonderful blackfruit and outstanding balance. Still has plenty of structure and may even be able to improve slightly. The depth and richness of the fruit, coupled with the smooth and round mouthfeel make for a very enjoyable glass. Good mineral qualities as well as length on the finish. Well worth opening a bottle now, but this has a few years left.

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  • Castle Peak wrote: 94 points

    October 26, 2014 - Continues to improve each year. Elegant, pure and perfectly balanced. Best Carneros Pinot Noir I've ever tasted.

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  • williewonk Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 2, 2014 - Intense black cherries, asian spices, a touch of sweet smoke. Great acidity, well-balanced, seems a little light in color at first, but deepens and broadens in the glass. Has a few more years at it's peak. Five spice duck? A classic!

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  • cweiner Likes this wine: 90 points

    March 2, 2014 - Agree with comments. May well last another few years.

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