2010BlackKitePNAV2010 Black Kite, Pinot Noir “Kite’s Rest” Anderson Valley.
It is not hard to see why Black Kite has a rebid following, and the latest Kite’s Rest will certainly be a hit with it’s lush texture and lively flavors. Jeff Gaffner, winemaker, has crafted some nice wines of late and I have to admire his talents, giving pleasurable wines, especially these last few releases of Black Kite. The 2010 Kite’s Rest is more subtle than the 2009 with much more finesse and elegance with a nose that offers a floral and red fruit bouquet with hints of mineral and earth leading to a medium weight palate of plum, cherry and dried currants, plus a touch of cranberry and apple skin that highlight the freshness of the vintage. This wine should develop nicely for another few years and the balance is quite focused all ready. The added elements include cola bean, dried flowers, tea/pepper spice and a touch of truffle. The finish is still tangy bright with lingering cherry, though look for it to lengthen over the next 12-24 months in bottle.
($45 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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