94 pts Tim Atkin MW 2016
Subtle, scented and showing the fresh acidity that’s a feature of many Pinot Noirs from the
Ridge, this appealing cuvée is fermented with 40% stems. There’s a hint of reduction on the
nose, but it adds to the complexity of the raspberry and red cherry flavours. Drink: 2017-21
91 pts Vinous May 2017
(14% alcohol; both this wine and the Peter Max Pinot were vinified partly with whole clusters): Healthy full, bright red. Still a touch of smoky reduction to the aromas of raspberry, strawberry and earth. Round, fat and spicy but dry, conveying satisfying mouthfilling texture and depth without any undue weight. Boasts rich raspberry and strawberry fruit in a very ripe style but still needs time to unfold. This wine showcases the breadth and textural richness of the vintage, but still has some baby fat to burn off, not to mention an element of smoky reduction. Just a tad warm in the early going. Bigger than the Peter Max but not yet showing the perfume of that wine.