2010 Bohemian Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Estate Freestone, Russian River Valley.
This is the best yet from the Cleary’s (Tom & Sue) Bohemian Vineyard near the tiny hamlet of Freestone in the western most part of the Russian River Valley, and it certainly is one of the prettiest 2010 vintage Pinots from the region that I have sampled to date. This wine shows rich and vivid fruit layers, silky textures and balancing acidity, making for an interesting and elegant wine that is sweet spot for all Pinot lovers. I tasted this wine in a lineup that included Williams Selyem, a Rochioli Vineyard wine and a Walter Hansel, and it bested them all, a huge surprise conceding the quality of the wines sampled, I can fully recommend this 2010 Bohemian Pinot to drink now and for the next few years, it is truly a lovely and complete wine that deserves attention. The nose is full of red berries, truffle and rose petals with hints of toast oak and mineral spice leading to a round giving palate of plum, red berry and a beautiful cherry fruit core with a hint of loamy earth, tea spices, mocha and cola bean. Everything is smooth and focused with no rough edges and a nice lift from the acidity and a long lingering finish, this wine really shows purity and class, kudos to the those involved in the vineyard and the cellar, in what was not an easy year. Just released, July 2012.
($48 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
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