2011 Masut “Block 1” Pinot Noir

The nose has deep, earthy aromas to complement its fruit, like Michigan summer cherries dropped in fresh-plowed black dirt. The same cherries lead on the palate. Tart flavors, cranberry and a touch of red currant, join on the mid-palate, along with a cabinet full of exotic spices. The tart flavors linger on a lengthy finish. It is mouth-coating and smooth, even elegant, while keeping a bright food-friendly acidity. Tannins are slightly dusty. Drink with duck confit. Highly Recommended (91). DH

WHO: Masut
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: California, North Coast, Mendocino
WHEN: 2011