This wine is very much like what we expected to have ripeness-wise when the vineyard was first developed nearly 15 years ago: 13.3% alc. There’s an iron/blood thing that speaks of the nearby sea and sense of salinity. It does not appear super-rich at first glance, but has a surprising depth of flavor that comes in subtle, non-linear approach (substance within delicacy). Josh Raynolds wrote “Juicy and nicely delineated on the palate, showing very good depth and gentle sweetness to its mineral-laced red fruit flavors. The refreshingly bitter finish clings with vibrancy and spicy persistence.” (May 2014) I do think it is more approachable earlier than the previous vintages of this bottling that, while frustratingly latent, one is rewarded with patient aging as any who have tasted the 2008 which is beginning to happen now. Those looking for cold-climate Pinot Noir examples can see the edge this is poised upon.