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2008 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir


Wine Description

As we learn our vineyard, we have been able to identify sections and rows with Reserve potential. This wine was blended from selected barrels and individual rows bearing only 1.5 tons of grapes to the acre.

Exceptionally well-received by chefs who recognize the wine’s versatility and ability to enhance rather than overwhelm a dish, this wine’s evolution in the glass is remarkable. Wonderfully delicate, yet layered with flavors and aromas, tones of wild blackberries, plums, red cherries combine with earthy notes of cocoa and dusty sandalwood. The underlying minerality is the signature of the vineyard.


92 points: Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

A suave, fragrant bouquet evokes fresh red berries, potpourri and spicecake, with a slow-building mineral quality adding vibrancy. Deeper cherry and black raspberry on the palate, with silky tannins adding focus and grip. Becomes sweeter with air, picking up notes of candied rose, white pepper and anise. Very alluring right now, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness.

92 points: Wine Advocate

Aromas of wood smoke, Asian spices, underbrush, black cherry, and black raspberry are followed by an already complex, concentrated, densely packed wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring. It will offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2023.


French oak barrels:    17%  New, 52%  Once-filled, 31%  Twice-filled
Clones:                       48%  Dijon clone 114; 35%  Dijon clone 777; 17%  Pommard   

Cases produced:        175

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