"(vinified with roughly one-third whole clusters; aged in 50% new oak; this wine represents a bunch selection from the top of the hill; this 2000 planting typically yields smaller berries and bunches--barely 1-1/2 kilos of fruit per vine, according to Cowley): Complex aromas of black cherry, minerals, licorice, wild mint and tea leaf; smells serious. Densely packed and strong but not fleshy, offering captivating sweetness to its flavors of black cherry, blue fruits and spices. There's a savory quality here but no greenness. Made from a year with a long, cool, late harvest. Cowley asserted that 2008 was the most recent year here with any rot issues, noting that subsequent vintages of Pinot Noir have been made with a higher percentage of whole clusters than previously."
- Vinous, May 2016 91 points