When first released, this wine was given only 80 points by the Wine Enthusiast. That's good enough reason not to pay any attention to critics and early scores. As I taste the wine tonight, 15 years after the vintage, I'm getting at least 95 points of pleasure.
Deep garnet. Potpourri of scents--pomegranates, flowers, wild berries--all beautifully melded into a bouquet. Flavors that cling to the tongue--sweet, savory, spicy. Silky texture. Lots of action on the finish. Wide range of flavors with an essential sweetness that shines through. The goodness lingers for several minutes.
I have had several other Pinots from Elke's Donnelly Creek Vineyard, all from the late 1990s and all superb. When the winery offered futures on its 2013 vintage at a discount, I jumped at the opportunity and have a case stacked away in the cellar. The winery believes the 2013s may be the best wines they have produced.