Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast 2012 Pinot Noir, $34.99-$49.99, 93 points, poured a lovely cranberry red right up to the transparent wine rim.
I use the term "dusty" rarely, but in this case dusty black cherry jumped out at me, and with the other aromas of sandalwood and truffle this Pinot Noir began beautifully.
The medium-plus body carried good acidity and moderately supportive tannins along with flavors of that same dusty black cherry, a floral underlayment, and slight notes of black currant and eucalyptus.
Finished warm on the 14.5% alcohol, a slight woody note, and an unusually wonderful hot spice.
It's hard to believe, but it's that time of the year (Autumn-Halloween-Thanksgiving and Christmas) when I start drinking Pinot Noir red wines, and this is a great way to begin.
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