Truly a wine for the long run, unlike the 1999 vintage, this is not a ‘diaphanous’ wine at all. Small yields with tiny berries drove David Hirsch crazy (and myself as well), but made a very special wine indeed. It displays the quintessential ‘true’ Sonoma Coast character of red and black fruits, rose hips and sassafras, centered and focused with mouth-watering acidity, great structure, continuity and length. Like many 1993 red Burgundies, this is a wine that both demands and will reward cellaring.
Judi Scherrer –
Connoisseurs’ Guide – November 2002
Showing a striking kinship with the Russian River Valley, this effusively aromatic Pinot begins beautifully with an involving nose of ripe cherries laced with sweet and slightly smoky oak and follows with fairly deep fruit and oak flavors that are pinched off at the finish by hard-charging acidity. If not quite living up to its initial promise, the wine still offers plenty to like and should soften a little if given a few years of patience. One puff, 89 points.