This is a nice Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara.
Showing black fruits with tobacco, earth, wood, vanilla, chocolates, barnyard, smoke, spices, coffee and mocha.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate and very fruity.
Tangy finish with soft tannins.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
Drinks more like a Syrah blend from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. After 3 hours in the decanter, it really feels like a Syrah.
This 5 year old is peaking now.
Aged in French oak barrels for 9 months.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 days ago
That flavor packs a punch. Berries and olives and peppers and flowers. — 9 days ago
Dry and acidic. Tropical fruit. Well balanced. — 11 days ago
Last night I had opened the 2008 Au Bon Climat Santa Maria Valley La Bauge Au-Dessus Pinot Noir. I was thinking heavily about Jim Clendenen and thought this would be a nice homage to his work. RIP Jim.
On the nose there is good fruit still cherry, cranberry, raspberry, plum, spice, a muskiness, dried roses, light oak and wet soil.
On the palate even in it's age there is good fruit of cherry, cranberry, raspberry, cola, spice, minerality and forest floor.
This is medium bodied with a smooth velvety mouthfeel even though the experts have the maturity date as 2018 the acidity is still medium with medium minus fine nearly resolved tannins that still leads to a medium to medium + red fruit candied cherry underbrush finish. Have a continued wonderful weekend and please stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 6 days ago
Cherry and strawberry fruit aromas with spices. Cherry compote palate. It’s a brighter style from Foxes which I really like. — 11 days ago
Tasted 1-3 hrs after opening then 3 days later.
Intense yellow gold with greening at the rim. Viscous.
Intense aromas initially dominated by flint/matchstick, leading to lemon, white flowers, slight petrol?, almost limey, oakiness there but in balance.
Electric on entry with nice structure, medium+ body and acid, holds up an expansive mid palate that confirms the nose and adds creaminess, lengthy finish on pleasing citric acidity. On day 3 slight oxidative nuttiness only shows on the finish.
Really nice wine, particularly impressive at the price. Would seek out more to try with bottle age. — a day ago
Delightful, although a little weak. Paired nicely with a sweet chicken dish, but didn't leave a lasting impression. — 10 days ago
Elegant, perfumed and delicious! Excellent example of high-end California Pinot Noir. Silky, with complex earthy notes, bright fruit and ultra soft tannins. Enjoyed the 2019 vintage with bone-in pork chop at Finch & Fork in Santa Barbara. — 21 days ago