Gypsy Canyon 2005 Santa Rita Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

Of the scores of Pinots I tasted during my last trip to this region, this was the most exotic yet puzzling one. It's quite pale in color, with a ruby-orange hue, and has a baked fruit, yeast and spice aroma not unlike Madeira. Very delicate and silky in the mouth, it nonetheless bursts with intense cherry and raspberry parfait, tangerine zest, orange Pekoe tea, vanilla and cinnamon spice flavors. Something about it reminds me of certain great Burgundies, yet its future is unknown.

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