"We have the new Hitching Post."

Medium ruby, a touch cloudy with garnet edges.  Simple fruit nose with just a touch of caramel lingering.  That’s it.  That is all there is.  End of wine.  So I suppose the wine review should stop there, right?  If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all.  Sorry, mum.  There are far too many people out there today attaching ‘critic’ to their name who absolutely refuse to be critical.  After the initial ‘carbonic-grenache’-style fruit goes away, you are left with a miserably thin wine.  The gentle wet-concrete-cellar-floor nose is really all there is ANYWHERE in this wine.  So disappointing.  This was a bottling I had not tried before and was hoping… oh so PRAYING for a wow! moment with the Lord-God-King-BuFu of Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.  I have tried for years for this wow! moment–and it has once again eluded me.  There is no fruit in the entry, middle or finish.  There is NOTHING past the nose on this wine.  Vague, watery taste disappearing instantly into blistering, chewable tartaric acid, and that is what you are left with to remember this wine by.  And oh boy does it take a while to forget that finish.  Pretty sure it could take paint off cars.  If I tasted blind, I would say a barrel sample of grenache or PS right before its first racking–close to age one.  This bottle is a train-wreck.  14-2 and  ◊

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