Medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Silice Vineyard opens with fresh tangerine peel, baked cranberries, dried bark and rose petals scents with notions of licorice, cured meats, pepper and spiced blackberries. The palate is medium-bodied and über spicy, with lovely orange and potpourri nuances. It has a firm, lightly chalky frame and great freshness on the finish. This merits another year in bottle.
93+ points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Apr 2020)
Vivid ruby-red. Spice- and mineral-accented red berry, cherry and floral pastille scents show sharp definition and pick up suggestions of licorice and exotic spices with air. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering gently chewy raspberry, red currant and cherry flavors that deliver appealing spiciness and firm back-end cut. Concentrated yet lithe in style, finishing with powerful thrust and slowly building tannins.
93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jul 2020)
This has an exotic edge with candied red cherries and raspberries, swathed in flowers and spice. The palate has a smoothly succulent edge that carries plenty of depth into the finish. Nicely weighted. Drink or hold.
93 points, James Suckling (Jul 2019)
Subtly intense, with appealingly brooding cherry, orange peel and rose petal notes that build structure and tannins on a lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,300 cases made.
91 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator (Nov 2019)
Beet flavors emphasize an earthy character that puts herbal components up front along with tart red fruits. The overall structure and firm tannins suggest that a couple of more years of bottle age would be a plus.
91 points, Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2019)
This is a powerful pinot, with a core of dense, dark strawberry and plum flavor that feels wrapped up tight in a firm plum-skin skein of tannins. Pour it with rare flank steak and chimichurri.
91 points, Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spirits (Oct 2019)