WS 91 IWC 90 WE 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Offering a sizable portion of herb- and cedar-laced plum and raspberry fruit, this is full-bodied and still evolving, yet headed in the right direction. Ends with complex fruit and jazzy toasty oak. Drink now through 2023.
According to Stephen Tanzer - (from a mix of Dijon clones): Vivid ruby-red. Pungent dark berries and smoky minerals on the nose, with notes of licorice and cherry pit emerging with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors and a spine of tangy acidity that serves to intensify the wine. Finishes on a smoky note, with good length and building tannins. Bill Hunter described his 2012 pinots as "less approachable" (and the 2013s as more approachable) but I'd have no problem enjoying this wine in its youth.
According to Wine Enthusiast - Light and earthy, with welcoming aromas of forest floor and black tea, this is a wisp of wine, delicate and soft, lightly spicy and enjoyable. Cherry and raspberry round out its profile, an elegant representation of Russian River Valley Pinot.
According to Robert Parker - A multiple-vineyard blend from the Russian River, the 2012 Pinot Noir Russian River displays a deep ruby/plum color as well as sweet black cherry, earth and floral notes, medium to full body, a pure texture, and fine overall balance. It can be drunk young or cellared for 7-8+ years.
Tasting Notes - A deep ruby color and forest earth scents introduces this energetic youthful Pinot. Both depth of fruit and a sense of coiled strength are apparent in the aromas. Things are as zesty and forthright on the palate. More floral than its counter-mate, the Sonoma Coast but still the fruit is complex and darkly constructed of red raspberry and black cherry. And like it’s counter-mate should reach its peak in another two or three years, but it can be enjoyed with great pleasure now. 14.1% ABV.