*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Milliarium Cellars.
Back in November I wrote about one of the two Pinot Noirs that Milliarium Cellars produces, the Split Rock Vineyard Pinot. In the same shipment I also received a bottle of their other Pinot Noir, the 2007 Milliarium Cellars La Encantada Pinot Noir. These were both good bottles of Pinot Noir, but I thought this one, the La Encantada from the Santa Rita Hills just shined in my glass. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.3% alcohol by volume, and retails from the winery for $49.
On the nose I found cherries, strawberries, raspberries, mint, roses, flowers, spice, and cedar chest. The red fruits showed as more prominent with the other aromas lurking in the background (that sounds a little ominous…) providing a good reason to keep my nose stuck in my glass. As if I needed more reasons to do that! In the mouth I got tart red fruit….wild fruit, like eating warm strawberries growing in your yard and raspberries straight off the bush that used to grow by my parents’ house. I also found black cherry, spice, pepper, and violets all coming with a long finish.