A bright and lucid expression of Pinot Noir’scaptivating virtues, this wine fills the palate with black cherry, raspberry, and sumptuous red plum. A breath of clove lends perfect balance to this wine. Beneath its silkiness lies a core of tannin emboldened by acidity, showing energy and graceful agility. Not to be defined the dominant fruits, the mid-palate reveals a compelling extension of tenebrous earth notes. Molasses and a hint of sweet oak are woven in, creating depth and sustained intrigue. The finish is striking with vitality and charm.
Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Complex and individualistic, this conveys a savory rather than fruity personality. Smoky, meaty aromas lead to spice-accented plum and berry flavors. It feels full-bodied but not hot, has a suave texture and lingering finish. The first vintage to be released from the new Roederer-owned winery.
Wine Spectator 89 points - A firm, dense style, with reined-in wild berry, dried herb and light toasty oak notes, gaining depth and range of flavor on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,600 cases made.-JL
(Sep 30 2014)