Generally, some bottle age improves Pinot Noir by leaps and bounds, so 2011s like this are firing right now. In this bottling, from a longtime winery near Woodside just south of San Francisco, brings concentrated aromas of cherry-cola, crème brûlée and blackberry-vanilla purée. A soft creamy palate full of oregano, thyme, black cherry, graphite and pine needle precedes a mentholated finish.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.