Wine & Spirits 91 Points WS 91 Points points - Light, fresh and vibrant, this deft, light-footed and lively version offers raspberry, cherry and spice flavors, finishing with a haunting echo. Drink now through 2018.—H.S.
2010 Stewart Pinot Noir " Like most years," says Boedecker of his 2010 Pinot Noir Stewart, "this incorporates most of our Dundee Hill fruit;but because it was such a cool year,there were a couple of surprises" when the blend was put together (which he and his wife always do blind). "A decent chunk of our (Clone) 115 from Shea went into this, which is unusual, because it's usually a really big,structured block"- fitting the personality Pappas chooses for her "Athena" cuvee - "but this year was very red-fruited and silky." Bright,juicy cherry and tart rhubarb dominate,with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon as well as piquancy of cherry pit attractively extending a sappy, savory finish that combines invigoration, refreshment, saliva-inducement and a sort of cyanic glow. Tannins are fine-grained to the point of disappearance. I expect this will perform impressively through at least 2018 and quite possibly gain in complexity and acquire a flattering patina without relinquishing its fundamental virtue of energetic, juicy brightness" - 91 pts Robert Parkerâ€™s Wine Advocate Light, fresh and vibrant, this deft, light-footed and lively version offers raspberry, cherry and spice flavors, finishing with a haunting echo. Drink now through 2018.738 cases made. 91 Points The Wine Spectator