“sustainably farmed” in “Napa Valley • Carneros”, CA; 13.5% ABV
$9 at the Oakland, CA, store on 5 Nov
Although I didn’t like the Hill Wine Co. 2012 Napa Pinot Noir, I do prefer Carneros’ Pinots to Napa’s, and I believe Seedboy had said this wine was “lovely.” Although I did like it better than than Hill’s purely Napa Pinot, I wasn’t very fond of this one, either. However, to the best of my recollection, someone else said that one of these Hill Pinots and the Cima Collina Pinot were nice complements to each other, so maybe some folks out there will appreciate it.
On the first night, it was a little lighter weight than the Hill 2012 Napa and definitely more nuanced, with flavors of ripe, red cherry, some orange / orange peel, and brown earth. It still, however, never really opened up into an expansive Pinot Noir. I suspect I’m completely in the Cima Collina camp, not at all in the Hill Pinot camp.
On the second night, the second half (saved in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with very little air) was worse. Instead of opening up, it just became more acid and crude. I didn’t even finish it. I’d guess it could become a decent wine after at least a few years of age in cool storage, but at this point I can only recommend that you drink it on the first night. Seedboy?