Grape - Pinot Noir Country - U.S.A. Region - California
Edinburgh native Andy Smith crafts some of the most compelling, thoughtful wines in the world in the bucolic climes of Sonoma, California.
This wine is all about the fruit. There are layers and layers of seductive red and black fruits that constantly change, merge and develop so that each time you return to the glass, there’s something new to discover. As the wine opens in the glass, the bright red elements give way to darker cassis and earthier notes. It has a lacy, lilting texture, not too soft and round, always focused and supple — uplifting and fresh. There are complex sandalwood elements, not barrel derived, but representative of this cool, mellow growing season and the fruit’s success in retaining all its aromatic range through ripening. With time it becomes deep and resonant on the palette, broad and textural, but the supple tannins and lively acidity keep it dynamic and mouthwatering. It’s even better from a recorked bottling on the second night, which is a good indicator it can age and become more complex in bottle for a good number of years. Eight to ten would be a good estimate.
750ml, 14% alc.