2011 Arley’s Leap Pinot noir

Arley’s Leap harkens from a block of Pinot noir that was planted in 1990 on a hillside above the original vines at Abbey Ridge Vineyard.  The eponymous hero was Bill & Julia’s Wayne’s dear, old departed dog, Arley, who leaped from a second story balcony when startled by a cat.  You can sniff out black pepper, ripe dark cherries, rosemary and lavendar.  In spite of being only 12.1% alcohol, the wine has a warm, rich mouth feel and a nice long tail.  This description only scratches the surface of the complexity of this wine.  At $40 a bottle, this is an absolute steal, adopt one today.

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