Paraiso Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands "Faite" 2012 Pinot Noir, $19.99-$64.99, 91 points, poured pomegranate red trending ruby with a broad clear rim at the leggy glass wall.
Grape smells (yes, grape) with cherries, a touch of clove, cedar, and a gentle floral component were quite good.
The medium body gave a sense of being more full and definitely richer than one might expect; having fair acidity and mild tannin facilitated a rather sleek and luscious texture.
Flavors were bright cola, coffee, cherries, red licorice, and pomegranate.
Finished well with the trailing palate, a bit of black cherry cordial (14.3% alcohol), damson plum, and long, but gentle spice notes.
As the first of my Thanksgiving Pinot Noirs, I'm off to a great start, This wine was a power-buy at the NHLS, and if I had bought it this week instead of two weeks ago the price would have been about $15.
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