This Pinot Noir was produced from Pinot Noir Dijon Clones that were grown in Monterey County's Arroyo Seco appellation. It was aged in French oak barrels for a total of 13 months.
On the nose I get aromas of fresh wild strawberries, spice, mineral, and hints of toasted and smokey oak. It has a candy-esc type aroma that reminds me a lot of fresh strawberry preserves. The aromas are also very classically Pinot Noir and are what I would describe as "textbook" Pinot smell.
On the palate the wine is soft, elegant, and very fruit forward. It shows flavors reminiscent of strawberry, red raspberry, spice, hints of toast, and perhaps a touch of sour pomegranate. There's also that lingering hint of smokiness which I actually find quite appealing.
What I really enjoy about this wine is it's elegance and soft nature. It's a wine that has a rounded texture and in my opinion is best drunk on it's own. It doesn't have a high acidity level or a firm tannin structure, so it is very appealing on it's own without food. The alcohol does give a little kick on the finish which we could have done without, but overall it's a very nice wine. 88+ points
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