2014 Stephen Ross Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Yet another example of where a producer's slightly cheaper appellation blends are just as stunning as the single-vineyard expressions. Steve Dooley's bottling offers black sage, dried tarragon, fennel, beet juice, cranberry, Earl Grey tea and smoked game on the nose. The palate shows smoked pork with a black-cherry rub, a touch of pencil lead and an intriguing red-sumac flavor. (MK)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Charming, yet ultimately straightforward, the 2014 Pinot Noir Edna Valley offers attractive notes of dried herbs, earth, spice and darker red fruits in its medium-bodied, easy drinking personality. (JD)
This is an absolute steal! It doesn't say it on the label, but this is 100% Stone Corral Vineyard Fruit, their estate vineyard, which will usually run you between $40-65 a bottle. Stone Corral vineyard is east facing in the Edna Valley. Coupling the warm, pleasant growing season with low yields in the vineyard, the wine is a dark ruby color, brilliantly clear, exuding aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry, forest floor, clove, and rose petals. The mouth has smooth tannins, plenty of dark fruit, spice, and coffee from the judicious use of new French oak barrels for aging. Aged in French Oak for 11 months, 75% used one to five year old barrels. 982 cases produced.