2010 started off as another cooler than average vintage but was hit with some high temperatures during the summer to ripen the grapes to full maturity. The 2010 Chimera has a deep ruby red color, aromas of cherry cola, brambly blackberry, rose petal, dark fruits, violets, orange blossoms, and a touch of rum raisin. Rich, full and decadent flavors of crème brulee, cranberry, a hint of bacon fat and cotton candy followed by a sweet velvety finish. Balanced acid and tannins make this a very pure and enjoyable Pinot Noir.
The 2010 Pinot Noir Chimera is a beautiful wine that captures the essence of the Sonoma Coast in a fairly rich style for the appellation. Dark red fruit melds into sweet herbs, spices and licorice in this generous, plush Pinot. The wine finds its focus and minerality in the rich, creamy finish. The Chimera is a blend of fruit from nine different vineyards, most of them from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River. This is about as good as California Pinot gets in the $30 price range. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
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