Enchanted I say

*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.


2 Responses

  1. Sounds like a very nice Pinot!

  2. I don’t have a lot of time to browse Blogs, but yours is very well done, simple, straight-forward, I like it and I’ll be back. My son lives in Calistoga, my family’s vineyard is in Lake County, and we make wine in the Napa Valley. One of the great joys is wine tasting at small and relatively obscure artisan wineries and ending the day at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Napa and Sonoma. Keep my email address, and the next time you find your way back to northern California let me know. I might have a few recommendations, and I might be able to arrange a barrel tasting or two, I know the winemaker really well.
    Take care and keep writing…
    Arden Burt

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