Barbless Atlantic Salmon Pinot

Medium ruby with thin clear edges.  I don’t think I would call it crystal-clear.  Beautiful sweet cherry nose with strong pencil lead and worn saddle.  Round and ripe, but holds back a bit bouquet-wise.  In the mouth, an initial Hi-C candiness is replaced by full barnyard-packed pinot fruit which hits hard and is immediately followed by briary acid.  The middle palate is dominated with almost-pruney Carneros road-tar turning slowly into the substantially tannic finish.  I have to admit, after a steady diet of SMV and SRH of late and attending WOPN15 and tasting so many wonderful Anderson Valley’s and being deeply disappointed with all three Carneros’ I tasted and hitting less than .500 on the RRV’s, I am superbly satisfied with this wine.  It has the fruit I like, it has the structure I like and it has those Carneros nuances which were some of my first true loves in pinot.  So different and refreshing after Santa Barbara County.  Really a classic.  13-5  ♦♦

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