Recognizing Oregon's Pinot potential, this renowned Burgundy house bought land there back in 1987. The aromas here are a bit like cherry cola with a light hit of chocolate syrup. Stylistically, this wine shows its Burgundian roots along with a bit of New World panache. It is a well-balanced combo of muscular cherry and tangy rhubarb, with touches of leather, earth and ripe tannins.
The nose of this wine is filled with pure, bright cranberry backed by touches of earth and nutmeg. The flavors on the palate are expansive without being heavy, offering smooth, lightly tart cherry and creamy, cola-laced plum. Those notes linger elegantly on the long, silky finish.
You get a complex array of aromas with spicy cherry, clove, cinnamon, earth and dried tea leaves in this wine. The velvety palate is a rich and smooth mix of raspberry fruit and sugar plums, along with a hint of earth. This is a full-bodied, high-toned wine that's classic Carneros Pinot.