2014 Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills

Bright in the glass, with a translucent red plum color that lightens to a pink coral shade at the rim. Varietal aromas of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry pick up a scorched earth note that settles into black licorice. With time, notes of lavender emerge. Initially lithe and supple in the mouth, it then shows concentrated dark berry flavors that end with a juicy acidity that begs for the next sip. Finally, an afterflavor of blueberry syrup lingers for 30 seconds. Despite a hefty 14.8% alcohol, there is no sense of heat. Like most Pinot Noir produced from grapes grown in the Santa Rita Hills appellation, this is a big, structured wine well-suited for an entrée of herb-encrusted rack of lamb.
MSRP: $45 (August 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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