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RYAN COCHRANE PINOT NOIR, SOLOMON HILLS VINEYARD, SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2015
NVWE Notes: This wine opens with fruity-savory scents that rise above feral-earthy undertones. The nose focuses on aromas of darkly ripe Bing cherry, black raspberry, plum and strawberry-rhubarb pie accented by others of mulling-spice, tobacco leaf, bouillon, mushroom and forest loam. It is supple, rich and clearly dinner-worthy on the palate, where quiet zest brings gentility to flavors that deftly replicate the aromas. The finish is polished and lingering, with fine grip to counterpoint the rich flavors. Delicious now, it wants another two years to reveal all of its secrets. 175 cases produced.
Very light in the glass, this fascinating exploration of the underripe side of Pinot Noir shows green olive and crushed cherry tomato aromas on the nose, with prevalent bay leaf, green peppercorn and pine resin. Those elements converge on the sip to make a cranberry, spicy herb and eucalyptus nut tea, which is tangy and complex. Matt Kettmann 12/31/2017.