The “Ten” designation refers to the number of Pinot Noir clones planted and used in the blend. Translucent dark ruby/plum color. Deep floral scents lead to black and blue fleshy fruit, followed by pie spices. It’s tightly wound now, but everything seems to be in place for a superlative Pinot experience in five to ten years. Just hide it somewhere in the cellar where you won’t be tempted to grab it earlier. Re-tasted after being open 24 hours, the fruit had finally emerged, and a note of lavender was present. This reinforces the initial finding that this is a wine for mid-term cellaring. Try again in five years.
MSRP: $80 (August 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 92+