2015 Westwood Pinot Noir, Wendling Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Earthy, sousbois tones with pine resin and redwood sap, black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, cassis, dried roses. Rich, round and powerful, with persistant, fine-grained tannins supporting powerful blackberry and mulberry wild forest fruits, ripe blood orange & cranberry, blackberry bramble and powdered chocolate. Lively, high toned profile and Burgundian.
95 Points: Wine Enthusiast
This first effort by Westwood from an Anderson Valley vineyard favored by Copain and Littorai is a stunner. A deft touch of spicy oak lifts the aroma, and meets compelling, intricate notes of red and black cherry, rhubarb and mushroom on the palate. This elegant, memorable wine has great structure due to firm acidity and lightly gripping tannins, which surround and support the wonderful, exotic and complex flavors. Best after 2020.
90 Points: Prince of Pinot
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. This wine needed a day after opening to unwind. Aromas of black cherry, dried herbs and smoky oak. More fruit expression on the palate, offering tastes of black raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry and spice framed by facile tannins and a touch of oak.