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2008 Carneros Pinot Noir

As usual, this is a brooding Pinot Noir, emphasizing dark flavors and rich textures. However, the nose is more explosive than usual leading with ripe berries kirsch, dried rose petals, strawberries and ripe plums accented by cacao, clove, and cardamom. The palate opens with more spices and mid-palate of plum, strawberry, and cherry. The palate continues to develop richness, filling the mouth nicely with round, ripe fruits. The weight is nicely counter-balanced by a bright acidity, and the finish moves again towards dried fruits, tobacco and dark chocolate, with a lingering and rich minerality. The wine is well-structured and will continue to gain depth and subtly for next next 5-8 years.

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2008 Napa Valley "Haynes Vineyard"

The nose begins with a subtle strand of straw, honey, and a softened whiff of cedar. The nose opens further to a rich melange of spicy melon, figs, dates, and meringue. The palate is immediately bright and fresh, and the mouth-feel is significant and rich, expansive and increasing in intensity. Crisp apple and ripe pear notes emerge from the full-bodied mid-palate, touched with tangerine and orange blossom. The finish is a lengthy and powerful amalgamation of ripe fruit, baking and holiday spices and mouth-filling minerality with a soft, tannic grip.

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2008 Napa Valley "Haynes Vineyard"

Light in color, gossamer in texture, this is a wine emphasizing grace and balance and subtle textures. The nose is airy and lively, belying its complex and layered nature. Initial fruits of strawberry, cranberry, and dried cherry intermix with butterscotch, blood orange zest, lilacs, rose petals, and sandlewood. On the midpalate, the fruit concentrates somewhat, fresh summer cherries and ripened, cured black cherries. The palate is especially bright and expansive, with a silken texture.

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2008 Napa Valley "Mink Vineyard"

Elegance is the mainstay of this vintage from the Mink Vineyard. A lighter, brighter than normal nose is generous and fruity, with aromatics of blueberry and cassis interwoven with lilac and lavender. A note of wild mushroom and cocoa roots the aromas in the soil. The palate is all dark fruits, brambly berries and black raspberry, spiced again with cocoa and cardamon. As usual, the acidity is bright and crisp, and the chalky fine tannins linger long and coat the palate with a distinctive minerality.

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2008 Russian River Pinot Noir

Black cherry, plums, blackberry, cassis, strawberry pie, and candied violet layer over top of hidden whiffs of cherry cola, cinnamon, tilled earth, holiday spice, and aromatic tobaccos on the nose. Similar dark and juicy fruit flavors explode on the palate, expanding throughout the mid-palate while also revealing hints of red fruits and underlying layers of pepper, vanilla bean, espresso bean, and cacao. Smoky tannins draw out a finish of light strawberries and plums. Normally considered our most hedonistic Pinot Noir, the 2008 vintage from the Russian River emphasizes this unctuous and indulgent side of the often sophisticated Pinot Noir grape.

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2008 Sonoma Mountain "Red Dog Vineyard"

The nose opens to an exotic flush of roses, lilacs, holiday spices, dried mushrooms, and dried cherries.  The fruit expands in the glass to include fresh black cherry, cherry preserve, ripe plums, dried cranberries, and hints of geranium and pipe tobaccos.  The palate is rich and concentrated, with the fruit flavors tending toward plum, black cherry, and pomegranate.  Boysenberry and strawberry are hinted at as the acidity lifts the mid-palate.  The palate fills with an earthen and tannic strength and the finish is long and dominated by fine, dry tannins and dried fruits.  

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2008 Sta Rita Hills "Fiddlestix Vineyard"

This wine exemplifies the concentration of flavors that we found to be so typical of the 2008 vintage.  Intense, fresh dark fruits lead the palate, settling on the mid-palate with focused, ripe flavors of strawberry, cassis, and currants.  The nose is enticing and layered, with fresh fruits laying over top of holiday spices, tobacco, and stony earth.   Good acidity provides brightness and balance, while structure, always a strong suit for this wine, is emphasized by mouth-filling tannins.

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2008 Willamette Valley "Shea Vineyard"

The nose is announced with a deep, spiced fruit aroma and a pronounced earthiness. Dried mushrooms, cloves, forest floor, and holiday spices provide the introduction to dried fruits and the subtly of fresh cut roses, geraniums, and clover. The fruit on the palate is dark and concentrated, bramble berries and dried cherries, black raspberries, all carrying a hint of earthy spice. Acidity is balances the intensity of the fruit and leads the palate nicely into the long finish of fine tannins and earthy mineral notes.

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2007 Carneros "Toyon Farm"

This is a brooding Pinot Noir, emphasizing dark flavors and rich textures. The initial nose is subdued, hinting towards dried cranberries and blueberries with ripe plums accented by cacao, clove, cardamom, cinnamon and a whiff of kirsch and dried rose petals. The palate opens with more spices and mid-palate of plum and black cherry. The palate continues to develop richness, a significant tannic mouth-feel and bramble berries. The weight is nicely counter-balanced by a bright acidity, and the finish moves again towards spices and dried fruits, tobacco and dark chocolate.

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2007 Carneros Chardonnay

Power, opulent and layered fruit:melon, clementine, nectarine, yellow peach, figs, key lime, and lemon cream aromas are layered above brioche, cloves, cardamon, and crème brulleé. Powerful, ripe apple, pear, and citrus flavors coupled with minerality and lush textures of fruit tannins and lees present a palate that is both mouth-filling and lengthy. The fruit flavors and rich textures continue through the finish, uplifted by bright citrus notes and acidity. As the finish lingers, the wine strikes a compelling balance between texture, minerality, and acidity.

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