THE WINE ADVOCATE, OCTOBER 30, 2009
2007 Pinot Noir Flat Block -91
Has a splendid, sexy aromatic array of sandalwood, incense, earth and floral notes, and assorted red fruits. Layered on the palate, it has outstanding grip, savory fruit, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will drink well from 2011 to 2019.
2007 Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard – 91
Alluring nose of smoke, spice box, rose petals, cherry, and raspberry. Elegant on the palate, it exhibits a silky texture, excellent density, savory fruit, and a long, fruit-filled finish.
2007 Pinot Noir Southeast Block – 91+
Aromatic complexity including earth notes, cinnamon, cranberry, and raspberry. Firm on the palate, it will benefit from another 2-3 years in bottle to fully blossom.
2007 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve – 92
My favorite of the collection, it is the most deeply colored as well as the most fragrant. Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas lead to a layered wine with tons of succulent fruit, 2-3 years of aging potential, and a long, pure finish. It will offer pleasure through 2022.