David Bruce Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Estate 2002
Appellation: The Santa Lucia Highlands is part of the western benchland that borders the Salinas Valley. This valley runs roughly north to south and opens at the north directly onto the Monterey Bay. As summer sun heats the valley, the rising air draws the foggy ocean sea breezes towards the southern end. This creates a cooling blanket over the vineyards and adds to the length of the growing season. This extra hang-time intensifies the expression of deep fruit flavors. Another feature of this benchland is deep soil that allows deep root penetration and maximizes the influence of the soil and its minerals. Nose: A substantial wine of foreword-fruit characteristics of black cherries, ripe plums, nutmeg and hints of citrus as well as floral aromas reminiscent of rose petals. Palate: Full body with upfront fruits representing ripe plums, black cherries and nutmeg. Ready to drink now, would benefit from two to five years of cellaring age.
Boy, was this a fantastic wine! Pronounced "chuck more" the grapes from this vineyard display some definite heavy-hitter potential. It is a very fruit-forward Pinot, as are most in the David Bruce style, but it had the structure to age nicely until 2008 when we drank it. Silky tannins and full of fruit, yet tempered with spice and tobacco. So happy I've got one more bottle of this baby!
Opened this last night for special Valentine's Day dinner. I'm glad that we waited to drink this, but it will certainly age for a few more years in your cellar, if you are lucky to have it! Nose is full of red berry and vanilla, and has very silky tannins. The nice long finish has good minerality, along with more red berries and a touch of leaves.
Cranberry color with a hint of brick. Medium body. Nice balance of fruit and spice, with balanced tannins. Quite enjoyable.