2018 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, Au Bon Climat
The Santa Barbara Pinot opens with a cool, fresh nose with notes of ripe strawberries, herbs, rhubarb licorice and red beet juice. A fine sweetness to the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is juicy and fine with notes of ripe red currants, dried strawberried, herbs and a hint of smoke. A very good acidity. For drinking now and the coming 5+ years.
88p (tasted 2020/12)
2019 Caiden´s Vineyards Pinot Noir, Block Nine
The Pinot from Block Nine is deeper and more structured with a lovely nose with a fine mix of rhubarb and raspberries alongside notes of violets, sun warm rocks and incense. Very fine.
The taste is juicy and taut with a very fine backbone and acidity paired with notes of raspberry truffles, forest floor, smoke and violets. A very fine dryness at the end. Long. Highly likeable now but I would wait 4+ years to unfold even more greatness.
92p (tasted 2020/12)