Most of this fruit for this 2011 Pinot Noir is grown on the winery's Drake Estate Vineyard layered with vineyards from along Westside and Eastside Roads. The nose is redolent of ripe blackberries, plums, toffee and creme brule. The rich and full tannins accentuate the blackberry and dark plumy fruits and complement the creamy, silky finish. The concentrated dark fruits and spicy flavors truly express the classic finesse and depth of complexity that you would expect from a classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 90
There is a fresh, lilting quality to this Pinot, a silky airiness that feels weightless on the palate. Doubtless that is due to the moderate alcohol. But there's nothing light about the flavors, which are complex in black raspberry pie, softened Dr. Pepper cola, butterscotch, toast and spices. A beautiful Russian River Pinot made for drinking now with upscale fare.
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 90
Bright ruby. Powerfully scented aromas of cherry-cola, black raspberry and potpourri, with exotic Asian spice nuances building in the glass. Youthfully wound up on entry, with slow-to-open red and dark berry liqueur flavors and subtle black pepper and floral pastille qualities.