2010 Seven of Hearts Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge

2010 Seven of Hearts Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July 2012. By: Josh Raynolds. (made from a 50/50 blend of Pommard and Dijon 777 clones, with 67% whole-cluster fermentation and 50% new oak):  Vivid red.  A wild, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes red berries, incense and potpourri, with strong spice and cola nuances building with air.  The juicy, precise palate offers vibrant raspberry and cherry flavors, along with suggestions of rose pastille and spicecake.  Shows the finesse of the vintage to full effect, finishing sweet, sappy and lucid. 92 points

PinotFile, March 15, 2012. By: Rusty Gaffney, MD.  Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Very bright and enticing aromas of fresh berries and rose petals. Big-boned core of purple and black berries and black plum with a subtle oak underpinning. The fruit is overshadowed by the prodigious tannins now, but there is enough fruit presence to grab your attention. More body and fruit than the Lia’s. Needs more time in the cellar, but very promising. Very good (+). Read full review here: http://princeofpinot.com/tastingnote/5031/