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LA VOIX PINOT NOIR "REFLEKTOR", MACHADO VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2012
NVWE Notes: Focused, concentrated and refined, yet sweet-natured: the nose of this brilliant bottling offers scents of black cherry, dark boysenberry, black raspberry, dark plum, dried cranberry, violet, red and yellow rose, mulling-spices, sumac berry, blood orange, sandalwood and anise. Things are firmer and a bit gutsier on the palate, where rich baking-spice and sweet tobacco notes further enrich the package. The finish is rich in texture and the flavors full and lingering, so the wine’s substantial tannic underpinnings remain below the radar. Delicious now, it has a long and bright future ahead. 200 cases produced. Debut release.
It's hard to pick a favorite from this new music-inspired lineup by Steve and Chrystal Clifton, but this slightly older vintage wins, thanks to its dense color, depth of mouthfeel and layers of aroma and flavor. The nose offers turned earth, raw beef, incense and iron elements, while the palate delivers black loam, juniper-berry spice and chaparral scrub laid across tart raspberry fruit. DATE PUBLISHED 6/1/2016 MATT KETTMANN
A big, rich, pedal to the metal effort is the 2012 Pinot Noir Reflecktor, which comes all from the Machado Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and spent 18 months in 20% new French oak. Deeply colored and almost opaque, it offers rich, full-bodied notes of blackberries, plums, spice and wild herbs in a textured, concentrated, lengthy style. It won’t appeal to those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, but I love it. eRobertParker.com # , #226 (Aug 2016) Drink 2016 - 2022 Jeb Dunnuck