2005 Ambullneo "Bulldog" Santa Maria Pinot Noir

SKU #1026951 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Pinot Noir Bulldog Reserve (65% from the Solomon Hills Vineyard and the rest from Bien Nacido and a handful of other small plots) is a 500-case cuvee offering beautiful black cherry, tapenade, strawberry, and loamy soil aromas, medium to full body, and superb structure and length. With good acidity and moderate alcohol (by Californian standards) of 13%, this Burgundian-styled Pinot should evolve nicely for a decade. (RP) Inner quote mark (8/2007)

K&L Notes

The 2005 Bulldog is a classic representation of what I feel the 2005 vintage was all about. In this wine, there is a certain elegance and refinement usually associated with the great wines of the old world - with the extraction that is undeniably California (or Burgundy in 2003). On the nose, it is brimming with red fruit - ripe Bing cherries and wild strawberries fill the nose supported by subtle nuances of earth and cooking spices. Once in the mouth, this pinot is pure and clean due to the lower alcohol, excellent natural acidity and evenness of the ripening. The wine punctuates the palate with cherries, red plums, and strawberry rhubarb that is strengthened with hints of black truffle, white pepper, and a touch of cinnamon that extends to a long finish that rides on vibrant acidity. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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