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SIDURI PINOT NOIR, HIRSCH VINEYARD, FORT ROSS - SEAVIEW SONOMA COAST 2013
Brilliant ruby. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet of candied raspberry, cherry-cola, anise and woodsmoke. Sappy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining red and dark berry flavors and a hint of mocha. Smoky minerals add lift and cut to the strikingly long, incisive finish framed by silky tannins.
92 Points - Cellar Selection
Aromas of rose petals and fresh-hoed earth come to the fore as this wine opens, followed by fine-grained, intense tannins and savory wooded notes. Black pepper, red cherry, sea salt and dried herb pop at different times. It's still tight, so let this wine open in the glass or decant; better yet, cellar through 2023.
NVWE Notes: This is a sensational Pinot with a great future. The nose is a deeply rich mélange of Michigan cherry, Amarena cherry, dried red currant, dried cranberry, strawberry, rose, sumac, filé, dried orange peel, vanilla caramel, anise and leather scents, with strong mineral undercurrents. It is almost chewy-rich on the palate, where coiled fruit, vibrant acidity, hard minerality and tannic grip create a tightly-coiled, super-energetic package. The finish is ultra-long, if notably youthful, and like the memorable Hirsch bottlings produced in the 1990s, it will take five or six years to fully show all of its greatness. 450 cases produced.