2004 PINOTAGE. Fort Ross Vineyard - SOLD OUT
While Pinotage shares many traits with Pinot Noir, there is an earthy brambleness that distinguishes it from its more famous cousin. Aromas dense with ripe loganberry, roses and underlying hints of fragrant vanilla and wet-earth greet you. This dark inky hued Pinotage has a concentrated depth of bright, bold and luscious flavors that envelop the palate. Tiers of ripe blackberry, blueberry and a hint of smoke are enhanced by the spicy flavors that carry through to the lengthy, integrated finish of this complex and structured wine. Its appealingly bold textural components are the perfect accompaniment to hearty meals, spicy foods and grilled meats.
LIMITED PRODUCTION: 166 CASES PRODUCED.
90 POINTS - WINE SPECTATOR:
Ripe, juicy sour cherry and wild berry fruit teeters on tart, but is supple, fleshy and balanced, ending with a long, persistent finish. A rarity in California for this grape. Drink now through 2012.