93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: "Starting out with an enveloping, absolutely gorgeous nose of concentrated, optimally ripened cherries that, with but a brief bit of air, becomes richer and more layered as a trim touch of crème caramel sweetness and shadings of dark soil add to the mix, this deeply satisfying offering from Garys' Vineyard more than follows through on its aromatic promise with sumptuous, beautifully composed, incisively varietal flavors and impresses as much for its balance and length as it does for its fleshiness and fruity largesse. While it is built to age handsomely, and we see the potential for a good six to eight years of positive growth, it is so enjoyable right now that it will test the resolve of even the most patient Pinot collectors. (Jun 2020)"
92 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: "Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of clove, cinnamon, and forest floor; medium-full body; rich, fleshy, elegant, red fruit flavors with a hint of cola, and an elegant, silky mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable now, though deserves a few more years of bottle aging. 14.9% alcohol; 681 cases; released February 2020. (May 2020)"
Producer notes: "Dense, dark berry and cola on the palate are enveloped in leather and tobacco and laced with lifted herbs, maple, and hints of black pepper. The fruit deepens into blueberry syrup and evolves into seared meat, olive, and mushroom through a long finish sprinkled with saline minerality. 681 cases produced."
|Appellation||Santa Lucia Highlands|