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EDEN RIFT PINOT NOIR "ESTATE", CIENEGA VALLEY 2016
The 2016 Estate Pinot Noir unfurls in the glass with a bouquet of wild plum, red cherry, dried flowers and smoky herbs that reveals lovely incipient complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, silky and supple, with an expansive attack, excellent mid-palate depth, and a lingering, tangy finish. This really impresses for its textural seamlessness and stylistic maturity.
NVWE Notes: This is an exciting new estate with a bright future, and the debut bottling elegantly poises complex, piquant fruit above mineral undercurrents and an impressive spine of tannin. The aromas are a composite of red plum, red currant, dried strawberry, dark cherry, Bing cherry, dried red rose and peppercorn, with star anise and ginger accents. That fruit is replicated if more tightly-coiled on the palate, and added notes of red apple skin and cherry pit join hard minerality to give the wine an almost sinewy mouth-feel. Lingering and food-friendly, it should prove an especially good match to fatty meats at this point, although a few years of cellar-time should produce a more distinctive bottling. 1275 cases produced.