Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2012

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Award

93

Review

Brilliant red.  Smoky red and dark berry aromas are complicated by cola and rose pastille, with a sexy note of Asian spices gaining power as the wine opens with air.  Fleshy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors are braced by a nervy mineral quality, which adds lift and cut.  Finishes with lingering sweetness and excellent persistence, leaving a spicecake note behind.  There's 15.2% alcohol here, and 80% new oak, but the impression I get is one of elegance.