92 Points - Pinot File, The Prince of Pinot
"Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy aromas initially, unfold to revealing enticing scents of dark cherry, dark berry, fertile earth and oak spice. Almost mysterious in character, with interesting savory toned fruit flavors of blackberry and black grape. Generous, but not weighty sap, with honed tannins and some finishing length. A desirable mix of fruit and savory nuances."
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Sexton Vineyard Russian River Valley/Sonoma Coast
Clone: Dijon 114
98 cases produced
Surging from the glass are rich expansive aromas of dark cherry, sweet boysenberry, red currant and crushed dark rose petal scents, which dominates the savory elements of smoke, vanilla, coriander seed and meaty chasseur stew. Baking spices, powdered sumac, roasted grain and bourbon vanilla tea are all clearly in evidence on the mid-palate and continue through the finish.
Could the 2014 harvest be on par with the 2007? The undisputed facts are that the vintage came from a wonderful growing season with nearly perfect timing for all phases; bud break, set, version and harvest were what one would come to expect of a great or nearly great vintage. The yield was such that no one will want for more but not so large that the wines are without weight and color. The true sign of a terrific vintage is that little or nothing needs to be added at the must/juice stage and this vintage being no exception. All lots came in with proper sugars, great flavors and excellent acids so that little or no additions were needed at the fermenter. Could be one for the ages, time will tell.