This might be one of Paul’s best interpretations of this great vineyard. Intensely aromatic, lush fruit, medium to full in body, but extremely well-balanced. Bright red stone fruit on the mid-palate with a hint of spice leading into a long silky finish.
Paul Lato Notes: “This vineyard has a stunning south-facing hillside topography. Combined with its relatively windy locale, this vineyard produces wines of high concentration. This wine has pronounced notes of raspberry and tart blueberry. It has a smooth texture, fine structure, and a zesty long finish with a hint of spice. It needs three years in the bottle but will last 12+ years. Atticus has been an international favorite from its very first vintage.”
Robert Parker 97 Points: “From 11-year-old vines, the 2020 Pinot Noir Victor Francis Peake Ranch Vineyard has a pale ruby color, and its aromatics segue from cranberry and black raspberry to tones of licorice, flint, mossy bark, bergamot and mushroom powder. The medium-bodied palate is equally dynamic, its detailed flavor layers continually blossoming as it glides through the mouth. It has a powerful yet supple frame, seamless freshness and a tremendously long finish. Wow! This was matured for 16 months in 75% new French oak and 188 cases were made.”
Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “The 2020 Pinot Noir Victor Francis Peake Ranch Vineyard comes from the eastern, warmer side of the appellation and was destemmed and brought up in 75% new French oak. It has plenty of ripe cherry and framboise-like fruit as well as medium to full body, notes of dried herbs, flowers, and loamy earth, silky tannins, terrific overall balance, and one heck of a great finish. An incredibly complete, balanced, seamless Pinot Noir, it’s going to drink spectacularly well for a solid 10-12 years.”