93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate opens with notes of warm earth, tree bark, saline and smoke, giving way to wild blackberries, oolong tea leaves, citrus peel, crushed stone and a core of savory red and black berry fruit. The palate is light to medium-bodied, featuring spicy fruits and mineral nuances, with a soft frame of grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.
93pts Wine Enthusiast
Roasted red plums, minty tarragon, roasted herbs and a hint of game show on the complex nose of this bottling from a mountainside legend. Those layers emerge on the palate too, floating from raspberry to thyme and anise to peppered meats, with loads of savory depth.
92pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir exhibits a nice intermix of the Old and New Worlds. This wine is a food and wine lovers' wine. Its evocative aromas and flavors of red fruit and savory spices should pair famously with grilled lamb chops. (Tasted: August 19, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
As the 2015-2016 winter season settled upon us, our five-year drought began to end with normal (a little above normal) rainfall and we breathed a sigh of relief. When your vineyard practice is 100% dry farmed, the onus of low rainfall can set you on edge. The of joy knowing that the one thing you can’t really control in life (rain) is abundant is true elation.
Pinot Noir is such an intriguing wine, often changing "styles" from vintage to vintage. Usually our Estate Pinot is broad and somewhat muscular; this vintage is ethereal and musical with delicate, nuanced, soft red fruit aromas. The weight on the palate is building with enticing flavors of wintergreen, mint, and boysenberry. Years like 2016 reward patient cellaring. Prime examples such as 1996, 2000 and 2006 have all started their life focused on complexity rather than power. With time, the mid-palate grows and the magical savoriness of Pinot Noir shines.