Rich black cherry, black-cardamom cream, smoked meat and touches of anise and tar show on the nose of this well-priced bottling from Kevin Riley of the Proulx Winery. There is lots of energy on the palate, with flavors of tart black raspbery, hibiscus, sagebrush and a touch of nutmeg.
This isn't your typical pinot noir. It is dense and rich and drinkable with or without food. I prefer this style and just love it. Thanks to the winemaker for making my day whenever I drink this pinot noir.
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.