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BIG BASIN PINOT NOIR, LESTER FAMILY VINEYARD, SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 2014
NVWE Notes: Complex, gently creamy and gaining in feminine charm as it airs, this is an already satisfying Pinot with a bright future. Focused aromas of blueberry, red plum, strawberry cobbler, rose, cinnamon “red hots”, star anise and Oriental spices build in strength as it airs. It is racy, polished and lingering on the palate, where a gently tongue-coating wave of red plum, red currant, blueberry, strawberry, rose, lavender, rosemary, sumac berry, pink peppercorn, sandalwood, oregano, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom fans-out elegantly. It is certain to get better for several years. 325 cases produced.
The 2014 Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard reveals a vibrant ruby color to go with lots of spice-box, garrigue, licorice and both red and black fruits. Like the other cuvées here, it saw 100% whole clusters followed by 15 months in 25% new French oak. Comparatively, the stems are better integrated here, and it has a sappy, medium-bodied, structured feel on the palate that will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve gracefully for a decade or more.