La Vie Pinot Noir ‘Pretty in Pinot’ 2007

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS | CALIFORNIA | $55

Soft, mature Bing cherry and raspberry plus notes of pomegranate and rhubarb, integrated with earthy flavors of cedar, organic soil, dry leaves and tar. Suggestions of camphor and caramel, and a pinpoint of citrus pith breaking through just as the finish comes on. Nicely structured, medium bodied with a satin texture and a nice chew. Anecdotal evidence suggests this one may be more alcoholic than the 14.5% ABV as labeled. Pretty, she says. Seductive, she is. A headache, she’ll be. A very good wine. (Reviewed 8/4/12)

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