Original tasting and review : This is Estancia Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, 2012, finished at 14.3% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in August, 2015.
In the glass: Deep brick with orange overtones.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows creamy fruit and some aged oak notes. From the aroma, seems like this will be new world and thick in texture.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing big, bright blackberries with a sturdy mouthfeel. Some licorice showing with the fruit. Clean finish, lingers long enough for you to develop an appetite for another sip.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for comfort on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value.
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