Our 2012 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is opulent, ripe and structured, a superb combination of full flavor, intensity, and backbone. Its color is beautifully deep and concentrated. Subtle floral notes of lilac and rose petal lead into complex aromas of earth, black cherries, cranberry, black tea, allspice and clove. Full bodied and harmonious, the mid palate is layered with sweet, supple fruit and flavors of pomegranate and cherry. Although young, I find extraordinary balance already between the fine tannins and bright, energizing lift of vibrant red fruit and acidity. This is a wine that will be exciting to follow as it passes the 5, 10 and 15 year marks.
Wine EnthusiastAn elegant take on what is generally considered a big (as in ripe) vintage. The wine keeps the fruit in proportion and aims for overall finesse. Pretty raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors are accented with a dash of dried herb. Its compelling length suggests that it will reward cellaring up until 2024.