The Last Word in Pinot

img_20170205_231338_491Dark garnet with wide amber edges.  Effusive barnyard, exclusively Pinot-generated nuttiness and plummy fruit in the nose so ripely pure Pinot it DEFINES Pinot.  So many Pinots these days have noses packed with so many other things–read: Syrah–it almost shocks to stick your nose into something that just REEKS pure Pinot Noir.  New car and horse-stall, with a buttery *roundness* evoking Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley.  An edgy petrichor coolness sharpens all, engaging the wet leather and funk into streamlined varietal-correctness rarely seen but in old-school producers.  Bread-dough alongside green forest loam and cut roots add to the complexity of the bouquet.

These days we seem to be confronted with two styles of Pinot:  rich black concentrated 14-7 stuff from warmer climates and winemakers aiming for intensity and tourist-appeal–often more akin to California Rhone products–and transparent low-13 stuff from fog-ridden IPOB-pledges with brilliant fruit but often shocking in green intensity.  This is the best of both worlds and while I have regularly been critical of Pinot Noir from the Cambria/San Simeon view-shed, this one totally NAILS it in a way few San Luis Obispo County producers do.

In the mouth, instant super-ripe fruit fills the palate, with bitter green structure–sharp and biting–complimenting and intensifying the fruit.  A pleasantly thin middle shows off the cherry filling and again proving to all this is PURE Pinot, made in a way Pinot shows best.  On one hand ripe and dark and dense and at the same time exemplifying all of the variety’s ethereal and clairvoyant tendencies.  Not a trace of rootbeer, although flat cola comes to mind–Mexican Pepsi–in the way the fruit extract perfectly interacts with clean mud.

Finish shows incredible acid and medium tannins, with a lasting note of bitter tire and pine-pitch, again quite reminiscent of Pinot Noir from 300 miles further North.  A tiny-production wine only currently available from the web-site, it is an offering deserving of the highest marks.

2013 LAST LIGHT WINE CO Pinot Noir Derbyshire San Simeon San Luis Obispo Co. 13.2

www.lastlightwine.com

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