2004 Radio-Coteau "Savoy" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, chocolate, brown spices, loam and underbrush; quite Burgundian in character. Fat, velvety and full, with dense flavors of blackberry and chocolatey oak. This offers terrific depth for North Coast pinot from the 2004 vintage. Finishes very long and smooth, with noble tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A significant step up the quality ladder is the 2004 Pinot Noir Savoy. From the cool Anderson Valley microclimate, it possesses blueberry, black cherry, and meaty forest floor notes, terrific fruit in the aromatics, attack, mid-palate, and finish, and nicely integrated tannin. This cuvee is a blend of the Martini, Pommard, and Dijon 115 clones. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Initially, this was aromatically quite somber and discreet but with air it becomes subtly complex and beautifully nuanced, mixing earth and dark berry fruit aromas followed by rich, full, sweet and relatively muscular flavors that possess good depth and power though there is noticeable finishing warmth on the mouth coating and impressively long finish... Interestingly, Eric Sussman reports that all his 2004 pinots were left on their primary lees for a full 16 months with no acidification or enzyme additions for clarification as well as no racking at all. The wines were then bottled unfined and unfiltered. And as the scores and commentaries suggest, the results are more than interesting as well!