2011 ZD Carneros Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $36. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. A challenge to pull any fruit from the nose which is dominated by oak-driven tobacco aromas. Relatively full-bodied and seductively textured, with a core of sappy black fruits currently buried in oak. The tannins are well integrated and their is a flash of appealing fruit on the lasting finish. This wine needs a year or two in bottle to integrate the oak. Score: 86. Reviewed August 14, 2013

Winery: ZD Wines
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