95pts James Suckling
An earthy thread here with more savory, herbal and gently spicy notes, as well as graphite. Latent red cherries, too. The palate has a very sleek and succulent feel with evenly cast, sturdy tannins that harness great length and depth. Powerful yet measured and all about the earth. Try from 2023.
Translucent red. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices and candied flowers, with smoky mineral and incense notes that acquire strength as this youthful wine gains its footing. Stains the palate with vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, star anise and rose pastille flavors that show a compelling blend of depth and litheness. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on a strikingly long, finely etched finish that features baking spice, floral and subtle earth notes.
92pts Wine Enthusiast
This stands above the rest of the 2017 Cristom Pinots, helped a bit by aging in 75% new French oak barrels. It’s an elegant wine, with a complex mix of orange, raspberry, grapefruit, tea and tobacco flavors. It gains intensity through the finish and should age nicely over the next half-decade.