Christmas came early this week in the form of the 2016 Loring “Gary’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir. When you taste a wine that is 2 to 3 times better than a wine that is 2 to 3 times the price, it’s like hitting the lottery. The deep rich cranberry, black cherry, red currant and raspberry jam fruit blended well with its perfumed violets, vanilla, espresso and exotic spice nuances. Right off the bat, it was hard not to be impressed with the ripe fruit filled nose, that when tasted, showed layer upon layer of opulent juicy goodness. Made in a racy California style with many Burgundian notes, its 14.3 alcohol never showed its muscle. With only 200 cases produced, seek and thou shall be richly rewarded.

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