This is our first 2012 Pinot Noir release from what is becoming a (rightly so) highly regarded vintage. It has great intensity and everything is in the right proportions. While this bottling is normally not what I consider to be a wine destined for really long term cellaring, this vintage is probably a rare exception. It has some of the beautiful perfumes of the 2011, the verve of the 2008 and some of the concentration of the 2010.
It is focused around bright red fruits, fresh loam, rose petals, and snappy acidity leading to a mouth-watering, long finish. This is a wine that absolutely over-delivers on the expectations due to the label being ‘merely’ Sonoma County (which I find to be an unfortunate expectation for such a great, complex region). Don’t be fooled by our understatement on the label. Coming from prime real estate in the heart of Russian River Valley this is a real over-achiever. It is a wine that should be put into blind tastings with ‘fancier’ wines to keep things honest.