2005 Brewer-Clifton "Mt. Carmel" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A dead ringer for a DRC Echezeaux, the 2005 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel exhibits a medium ruby hue as well as a big, expansive aromatic display of forest floor, sweet cherries, pomegranate, fresh mushrooms, and spring flowers. Fabulous fruit, a silky mouthfeel, a long, heady richness, full body, and moderate tannin...(RP)
*Cellar Selection* The complex aromaa of this dramatic young wine is of mushrooms and wet tree bark, wintergreen, cloves, nutmeg and anise, and fruitier notes of cherries, cola and pomegranates. The mouth is very complex, too, with a finish of intensely pure cherries. But the wine is young and tannic.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light red. Dark cherry and chocolate aromas show a deep, slightly brooding character, with mocha and dried flowers adding complexity. Chewy red and dark berry flavors are youthfully wound up but gain sweetness with air, finishing with good focus and length. This could use a little cellar time still.
Very ripe yet balanced, with zesty wild berry, pomegranate and boysenberry flavors that pick up a nice dusty berry and mineral edge.