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2017 Testarossa "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Previously $70)

SKU #1443325 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Tipping the scales a bit to ripeness and richness without veering to heaviness at any point and a wine that shows nuanced touches of loamy soil as well as hints of crème brûlée to its ongoing theme of decidedly succulent ripe cherries, this full-bodied working is spot-on with respect to Pinot Noir suppleness now and is certain to reveal more of the characteristic velvety feel of its variety as time passes. That is not to say that its enjoyment is conditional upon further age, but cellaring will bring even more polish and grace to what is a substantial, very deep, fully stuffed rendition. Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Limpid ruby-red. Spice- and mineral-accented blackberry and cherry scents are complicated by suggestions of vanilla, licorice and pungent flowers. Sweet and densely packed, offering powerful bitter cherry, dark berry and spicecake flavors that slowly unfold with air. In a concentrated, brawny style, delivering strong closing thrust, chewy tannins and impressive, floral-driven persistence. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's tasting note: "Medium red color. Initial aromas of cherry, papaya, orange blossom, and pomegranate lead the charge in this fine Pinot Noir. With some aeration, notes of chokecherry jam and anise round out the aroma profile. Upon taste, the palate flows towards pomegranate, anise, and papaya. As the wine continues to open up, the silky smooth tannins give way to brisk acidity. While this wine shows a long, and lingering finish, its youthful touch will continue to unravel and please over many years to come. Decanting is recommended for immediate enjoyment."


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