'07 Pinot Noir (SCM)
Nose - dark, woodsy, smooth, black cherry, sage, rhubarb, raspberry, blackberry, a bit of bramble, graphite, bay.
Pert, sappy blackberry and black plum, smoky and spicy, grapefruit zest, black cherry, truffle, sage, bay, with some char and raspberry on the finish. Needs 2 years. 89++ pts
'06 Haut Tubee (CA)
Grippy, violet, red fruit, sultry, smooth, with some bay and rosemary. Needs a year. 88 pts
'07 Haut Tubee (CA)
Nose - rich, smooth, sultry, black plum, oak spice, sandalwood.
Assertive purple fruit, firm tannins, good acid, tight, spiced cherry, blackberry, raspberry, cassis, nutmeg, resin, tarragon, ollalieberry. Excellent. 92+ pts
'07 Syrah Eaglepoint Ranch (Mendocino County)
Nose - intense, violets and plum
Very concentrated showing good fruit, rose petals, a rustic minerality, some rhubarb and a bit of smoke. Hedonistic. 93 pts
'06 Cabernet Sauvignon Uvas Creek (Santa Clara Valley)
Nose - black plum, blackberry, sandalwood, violet, hint of resin.
Intense black currant, dusty and glyceriny, bay, boysenberry, very smooth, with raspberry and lavender on the finish. 93 pts
Chaine d'Or '05 Cabernet Sauvignon (SCM)
Nose - stinky, sulfury, cedary.
Smooth, black currant, tobacco and cedar, sultry, black plum, blackberry. 91 pts
'08 Pinot Noir Woodruff Vyd. barrel sample - new oak
Nose - pomegranate, lychee, strawberry, raspberry, sandalwood.
Raspberry, strawberry, resin, smooth, pert, very fresh, some smokiness, hint of lemon, mushroom. 93+ pts
'08 Pinot Noir Woodruff Vyd. barrel sample - neutral oak
Nose - raspberry, jujube, quite rich.
Smooth, smoky, sultry, raspberry, bay, smoked meat. 92 pts
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