Friday, October 24, 2014

Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir

Kendall Jackson Estate Outland Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir, $27.99-$34.99, 93 points, poured a deep pomegranate red with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
A rare bouquet of sea breezes, red cherry, chocolate, cedar, and red licorice were subtle, but outstanding!
Medium-plus bodied with good acidity, moderate and layered tannin carried a bouquet mirrored flavor profile with oak upon an elegant texture; maybe too oaky for some.
Finished long on spice, escalating tannin, eucalyptus, hints of coffee and the 14.5% alcohol.


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  1. Still thinking that the best thing to do with Pinot in California is to make it into sparkling wine!

  2. I have to agree with Vinogirl. There's MUCH better wine to be had than KJ. Unless you're talking about their single vineyards, & even then, that name had better be in microscopic print.

    1. Often this is the case, but the Outland Ridge was excellent! Maybe a bit over extracted, but having fallen in love with a lot those, maybe I missed the delicacy-aspect, the subtleties of a "real" Pinot noir ;-)