2011 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Donnelly Creek Vineyard -- $30
The 2011 Donnelly Creek is more of a deeper, richer, style of pinot. Black cherry, boysenberry and pomegranate dominate the primary aromatics, while dusty cinnamon and cedar are more apparent afterwards. This is the richest Donnelly Creek yet. Similar fruit from the nose comes out on the palette, but more spice (mostly ground pepper) is much stronger here. Very firm tannins are balanced by the acidity. This full rich wine will hold nicely over the next 7-8 years (2019-2020).