We just received another strong review for the 2008 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir. This came in today from Dr. Rusty Gaffney who authors the industry favorite PinotFile newsletter. Rusty has been a big supporter of our blog from the get-go and we're excited that our wine lived up to high standards:
2008 Bruliam Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 14.7% alc., pH 3.64, $52, sold out. Inaugural release from this new producer who donates 100% of profits from sales to a charitable foundation. 100% destemmed. Primarily Dijon clone 115 and Calera selection with smaller amounts of 667, 2A and Swan. Barreled as 70% free run juice and 30% press fraction. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of blackberries, ripe strawberries and a hint of oak sap and toast. A fruit-driven wine displaying charming and generous flavors of plums, dark berries and quince. Thick and bold, but not jammy, with supple tannins leaving a bit of heat in its wake on the finish. Very typical of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Good.
I don't know about you guys, but I strongly prefer brooding to brusque...
For those of you who have already polished off your 2008's, we're gearing up to blend the 2009 pinots later this month and should have them in bottle in August. Look for details and videos in the coming weeks.