(2014) There is a touch of Sonoma Coast fruit here too - up to 15% for a Pinot made in small, wide open top fermenters, all hand punched. All fruit picked at night again and this has a higher percentage of whole clusters, than the Crossbarn, as well as around 45% new oak. Meatier, deeper, more towards the mellow autumnal notes, more towards pure plum and chocolate, but also a subtle underpinning of truffle. The alcohol is 14.5%, but it does not show too much, with little notes of fragrant, ashy quality, a touch of cedar, a touch more grippy in the tannin structure too. Power and concentration, but not too much as it retains balance.
(2013) Deep, quite solid colour. Beautifully deep cherry and mocha-scented nose, with a delicious berry fruited directness, but also pleasing gravelly and gamey nuances adding complexity. On the palate this has really nice, sweet and focused fruit, with a liquorice intensity to the profile: powerful and taut rather than a softer, more open style, but not without charm. Delicious softening edges of oak and some warm, herbal and vegetal nuances along with plenty of taut acidity.