2006 Twin Oaks Cellars Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $49. Mark has had experience with this vineyard while working at Testarossa. The goal here was to highlight the smoky, earthy qualities of this vineyard using yeasts, barrels and fermentation methods to draw those characteristics out. · The aromas were quite funky initially like a barnyard covered with rotting leaves. With air time, attractive dark red fruits emerged highlighted by herbs, forest floor and smoke. The core of red fruits were quite silky and the wine, although quite understated at first, picked up power in the glass. The velvety texture was a turn-on and the finish was very clean. This will definitely be more giving with additional time in the bottle. Reviewed May 7, 2008

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