Black Kite
Anderson Valley, California
Kite's Rest
Pinot Noir
Medicinal red in color, slightly deepened by purple in the core, squeaky clean, zero hue loss at the rims. Meaty, minerally nose, beef jerky, leather, more rugged than high-toned, lacks the citrus pitch and sourness in the cherry, raspberry scents to pierce and lift, still it does have effortless staying power. Medium-bodied, spicy and nibbles like it wants to give you a hickey. Here the fluffy florality spreads well and there's sustained orange, lemon citrus presence. More by way of campfire wood and sandalwood incense and clove than the meatiness in the nose. While ripe, the raspberry, blueberry, cherry fruit is not juicy and wet, showing restraint even when not desired. Finish can seem abrupt. Classy in a cool climate fashion.
90 points