In the glass, the wine has a glittering, medium garnet color, which somehow seems to be illuminated from inside the glass. As always with fine Pinot Noir, the power is in the aromatics, with crushed red cherries, strawberry preserves, pomegranate, and rose petals moving in and out of the foreground, along with fleeting suggestions of white tobacco, rhubarb, eucalyptus, and sassafras as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is juicy and vibrant, with orange citrus, cardamom, cola, and cinnamon emerging out of the silken core of red and black fruit that echoes the nose. And the finish is textbook Carneros: firm, precise, and penetrating. Drink now for its opulent, primary Pinot Noir fruit (use a good large Burgundy glass), or hold for six to ten years in a cool cellar.
Tasty, smooth wine with a nice nose and finish, has the characteristics of pinot noir that draws me to it