Sleeker and slightly more focused, with tremendous savory complexity, this is another exceptional vintage already making waves with customers and critics. Punchy aromas of cranberry, black cherry and rhubarb walk the line between darkness and light, while the lively palate delivers juicy black raspberry, huckleberry and pomegranate. Lovely floral notes add lift to this gorgeous, well-defined Pinot Noir.
Moving to the Pinot Noirs, this is easily the finest lineup I've tasted from Andy Smith. These are magical wines that check in at the top of the vintage. The 2018 Pinot Noir Jentoft Vineyard Ryan comes from the Russian River Valley and was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 40% new French oak. This is classic Pinot Noir all the way with its ripe black raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, background oak, and earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's seamless, flawlessly balanced, and has a great, great finish. It's a stunning example of world-class Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 10-15 years or so.