2015 TESSIER "SAVERIA VINEYARD" SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIR
96 points Wine & Spirits: "For the second year in a row, this wine from Kristie Tacey, a research scientist turned winemaker, is nothing short of astonishing. Noted viticulturist Prudy Foxx farms Saveria, a sandy, gently sloping site in the bucolic, aptly named Pleasant Valley on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Maybe it’s the regular influx of fog from Monterey Bay that gives the wine its cool, ferny scent and spacious texture. It’s lacy yet full of intense coastal flavor; there’s a sweet purple-flower tone saturating the wine until it takes on the richness of fruit—glints of forest strawberry, bass notes of wild mushrooms and cedar. The one downside: There are only 528 bottles of it."
92 points *Editors' Choice* Wine Enthusiast: "This is a great example of a lower alcohol, somewhat underripe Pinot Noir that shows solid depth and lovable freshness. Lively aromas of black-raspberry sorbet and dark strawberry show on the nose, while the palate picks up a tart cranberry character. White pepper, thyme and juniper enliven the fruity flavors." (09/2017)
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