2017 Rusack Vineyards Santa Catalina Island Vineyards Pinot Noir California USA

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Winemaker Notes
This is an elegant, sensual wine with lush texture, revealing sumptuous flavors of Rainier cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry. Burgundian aromatics of forest floor, orange zest, and caramel combine with a delicate softness that lingers on the palate.

Herby tones of eucalyptus and wild herbs meet with black-plum skin and rustic berries on the nose of this always compelling bottling from Catalina Island. That herbal complexity carries to the palate as well, where dark red-berry flavors are lifted by minty chaparral spices.
Rated 93 Points Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

Coming from this estate’s vineyards on the tiny island of Catalina and brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir reveals a medium ruby color as well as a terrific perfume of spiced red fruits, cinnamon, dried flowers, and salty minerality. It's medium to full-bodied, has a beautiful texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. It smells like Christmas Day with its incredible baking spice characteristics. It’s terrific today, and I suspect it will age gracefully for 7-8 years as well.
Rated 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck