Dan Tudor is one of the few self-taught vintners of Pinot Noir, and he does it better than most. Without any winemaking experience, he opened his Monterrey winery in 2000. Under the guiding hand of PINOT GOD Larry Brooks, his winemaking style gradually evolved: Since the 2004 vintage, his style has highlighted nuance over simple power.

This bottle is a great example of his maturing style. It shows both depth and vivacity in a medium-bodied package. Aromas of cherry cola and forest floor are followed by dried blueberry and mint. Flavors veer towards the savory with orange oil and boysenberry taking the forefront. The finish unwinds with a delicate trail of baking spices and burnt earth.