The 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir Light is plum color in the glass with complex aromas of red and black cherry, ripe raspberry with cinnamon and subtle vanilla spice, cedar, dried orange peel, leather, cocoa, with a hint of purple flowers. The palate is medium bodied with slightly more black fruit of cherry and ripe raspberry fruit and baking spice on entry leading to a more savory, crisp mid-palate featuring attractive mineral, and earth notes with sustained barrel spice. The fresh finish continues with balanced, grippy tannins and hints of cherry and berry hard candy notes. Pair with an Asian chicken stir fry with mandarin oranges and sautéed veggies or go all out with duck a l'orange, a classically prepared duck dish with a reduction of Grand Marnier liqueur, shallots, orange, cloves and cinnamon.
Wine EnthusiastSourced from 72% Monterey County, 15% Santa Barbara County and 13% Sonoma County, this bottling starts with red cherry, clove, vanilla and star anise on the nose. The palate combines sharp baking spice with baked cherry, all framed by powerful acidity.
Wine SpectatorSupple, spicy and full of cardamom notes that flank the ripe plum and dark cherry flavors. Accents of chocolate nibs emerge on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.