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DRAGONETTE PINOT NOIR RADIAN VINEYARD STA. RITA HILLS 2013
NVWE Notes: This is a lovely Pinot with a bright future. The aromas are at once zesty and graceful, with notes of black cherry, pomegranate, whortleberry and black raspberry at the core, and hints of sumac berry, dried herbs, sandalwood, mocha and hazelnut providing depth and contrast. The impression of bright elegance continues on the palate, where the tannins are well hidden by a wave of genteel red and black fruits, while quiet notes of wheat berry, celery seed and filé join the other savory layers put forth in the nose. The finish is polished and lingering and this beauty should grow ever more graceful over the next two to three years. 380 cases made.
Lighter in color, the spicy, complex, black cherry-scented 2013 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard (9% whole clusters and aged 15 months in 20% new French oak) is medium-bodied, supple and polished on the palate, with plenty of tannin coming through on the finish. This cooler site has resulted in a wine that has plenty of structure, but also a textured, more rounded style that allows it to drink well now. Lovers of spicy, savory Pinot Noirs should check this out. eRobertParker.com # , #226 (Aug 2016) Drink 2016 - 2023 Jeb Dunnuck