Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2018
Bright and ruby red in color, the aromas of this cuvée leap from the glass with notes of morello cherry, pomegranate, and chipped shale. Rose petals and vanilla dance in the upper register as the wine opens up. A barrel selection chosen for its youthful readiness, the palate is supple yet refreshing, framed by a balance of silky structure and bright red-fruit expression. The finish is long and smooth, with all elements in harmony.
"The 2018 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains) is bright, ethereal and beautifully lifted in the glass. Rosewater, mint, pine, sweet red cherry and orange peel give the 2018 striking aromatic presence. On the palate, the 2018 is nervy and taut, with striking energy and wonderful delineation, but the sweet Pinot fruit gradually emerges over several hours. Hints of cinnamon, star anise and touch of new oak linger. The style reminds me of the wines of northern Piedmont. The 2018 is such a pretty and inviting wine."
- Antonio Galloni