June 8, 2019 - Corked!
August 11, 2018 - Similar notes as previous tastings
September 21, 2017 - Light in color, but quite flavorful, raspberries, cherries, and some floral. Medium to long finish and well balanced.
January 22, 2017 - Drinking beautifully. A very pleasant surprise.
April 22, 2016 - Beautiful wine drinking great fine acid with lots of fruit not hot.
December 12, 2015 - Well past its best. Alcohol primary remaining.
November 7, 2015 - For the first 2 1/2 hours of being open, this wine was kind of a hot mess. It was ripe, alcoholic, and over-acidified. But now, as it's rounding its third hour, it is starting to come together and showing some finesse and interest. Notes of blood oranges, cranberries, Queen Anne cherries, and orange rind, with hints of red clay and wet leaves. At 15.1% abv it's still a little blown out, but I can now see some of the appeal. Just give a good airing first.
March 6, 2015 - This is a lovely bottle of Santa Barbara County pinot noir that seems to be in the prime of its drinking window. In this reviewer's opinion, it is definitely neither Burgundian on the one hand, nor, unlike some of its California brethren, a cough-syrupy pinot-on-steroids syrah-wannabe on the other hand. (Honestly, if cough syrup tasted this good, I'd start licking more doorknobs!) A soft nose of blueberries, fraise du bois and just a hint of sous bois on the nose is followed by a palate of ripe, sweet yet delicate fruit with fully resolved tannins and just enough acidity on the finish to cleanse the palate. While the fruit is ripe, I got absolutely no sense of alcoholic heat, only excellent balance (I would never have guessed 15.1% ABV). It should be admired for its typicité and fidelity to being what it is, rather than trying to be something else. I suspect it will plateau for another 1-2 years before starting to decline. The year is young and I haven't opened any trophies, but at this point this is one of my favorite bottles of 2015.
February 18, 2014 - I was really disappointed where this wine is at... I expected more Burgundian aspects, but this was all Californian and cough syrupy... I'll sell off my last bottle at this point
November 29, 2013 - In a good place... More Burgundian refined and integrated fruit with earth and smoke secondary flavors. Good structure and acidity... not great but good mouthfeel. Definitely sings better w a meal... Worked well day 2 of thanksgiving