2009 Arley’s Leap Pinot noir

“This wine harkens from a block of Pinot noir that was planted in 1990 on a hillside above the original vines at Abbey Ridge Vineyard. Known as Arley’s Leap, it is named after Bill & Julia’s Wayne’s dear, old departed dog, Arley, whose famous leap was from a second story balcony in Victoria when startled by a cat. A hint of herbs, spices, floral notes, cherry, and raspberry inform the nose of a sweetly-fruited, velvety-textured, nicely proportioned, lengthy wine that will provide enjoyment over the next 6-8 years.” — Jay Miller, Wine Advocate. 91 points

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