This is my first experience with a mature Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California's Central Coast. The wine met my expectations plus plus.
Deep and uncharacteristically dark for a Pinot Noir. Smells and flavors are a bit tightly wound but open nicely with aeration. Bouquet is more floral than North Coast California or Oregon Pinots but deep and complex. Cherry and toasted almond on the palate. Pleasant bitterness that becomes sweeter and more subtle with every sip. I like this wine and will definitely look for more from this producer and this appellation.