morlet, pinot noir en famille, sonoma coast 2012
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pinot Noir En Famille (550 cases produced) comes from Goldridge soils, is 100% barrel-fermented, and is aged in older, neutral demi-muids as well as new oak. Medium-bodied and elegant, with more of the red fruit/forest floor spectrum than its siblings, it reveals soil undertones, underbrush, red and blackcurrants, sweet cherries and pomegranate characteristics. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Medium red, a bit darker than the Coteaux Nobles. Less fruity and spicy on the nose today, with the strawberry and cherry aromas currently dominated by mocha, graphite and leather. Much tighter in the mouth as well, but showing a lovely balance between its savory earth and brown spice elements and its deep red fruits. Best today on the long finish, which reveals sweet tannins and a light touch. Try this with squab with foie gras en papillote, says Morlet.