Champ de Reves Pinot Noir 2010
'2012 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans,' PinotFile: Medium reddish-purple... Very seductive aromas of fully ripened cherries with hints of spice, leather and dark chocolate. Delicious core of black raspberry and black cherry fruit framed by toasty oak and a bright cut of acidity. The finish is crazy long: my notes say amazing! Beautifully composed and balanced. Reminds me of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in character but with better acidity typical of Anderson Valley. Impressive debut.
Editorial Reviews for Champ de Reves Pinot Noir
Rather seductively perfumed on the nose with lots of underbrush, root beer candy and coriander accents to the core of deep raspberry coulis fruit all topped with a fresh vegetal note that recalls fennel. Rich and chewy in the mouth and endowed with powerful, dark fruit, though this remains transparent on the palate. there are really beautiful faceted black fruit flavors on the palate cut by decisive mineral notes and all layered over well judged wood. It’s got a super blend of savory and fruity going on right through the long finish which retains enough tannin to make this very food friendly. Muscular yet elegant, this could still improve in the cellar for another 3-5 years. 92pts