Claygate Estate Vineyard Pinot Noirs score well with Vinous, Josh Raynolds

2011 Estate Blend 90 Points

Deep, bright red. Vibrant, highly perfumed aromas of fresh red berries, smoky minerals and dried rose. Juicy and focused on the palate, with gently sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors deepening with aeration. This lithe, elegantly styled Pinot finishes with silky tannins and very good thrust.

2012 Estate 115 91 Points

Red with a bright rim. Smoky, sharply focused aromas of red berries, potpourri and  anise. Chewy, energetic and subtly sweet, conveying very good depth to its bitter    cherry and raspberry flavors. Tangy acidity gives lift and vivacity to the long, focused finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a lingering floral quality. Josh Reynolds

2012 Estate 777 90 Points

Deep red Fresh cherry and dark berries on the nose, with notes of black tea, underbrush and white pepper adding complexity. Supple, focused and energetic, with enlivening    acidity giving spine to the nicely concentrated blackberry and spicecake flavors. Closes sweet and smoky, with subtle tannins and a lingering floral pastille quality. Josh Reynolds

2012 Estate Blend 91 Points

Pinot Noir  Brilliant red. Sexy black raspberry and cherry-cola scents are complemented by tea rose and cola, with a mineral element adding lift. Lively red fruit and floral pastille flavors are accented by a touch of pepperiness on the back half. Closes silky and long, with very good clarity and smooth tannins that fade quickly into the wine's fruit. Josh Reynolds

2013 Estate 115 91 Points

Light red. Cherry pit, red currant, pungent flowers and a hint of woodsmoke on the spice-accented nose. Nervy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet red and dark berry and spicecake flavors and subtle herb and earth flourishes. Closes sweet, gently spicy and long, with repeating red berry and spice notes and sneaky tannins lending Josh Reynolds

2013 Estate 777 92 Points

Brilliant red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, Asian spices, incense and pungent flowers. Bright and energetic on the palate, offering sappy raspberry, floral pastille, spicecake and cola flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Rich for the vintage and energetic as well, showing excellent finishing clarity, gentle tannins and lingering spice and floral notes.  Josh Reynolds

2013 Estate Blend 92 Points

(all neutral oak) Bright red. Vibrant, spice-accented red and dark berry scents pick up notes of incense and lavender with air.    Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry cola and five-spice powder flavors and a touch of mocha.     Finishes very long and spicy, featuring resonating spiciness and silky, late-arriving tannins Josh Reynolds

2014 Estate 115 92 Points

Dark red. Ripe red berries, cherry cola, mocha and potpourri on the deeply perfumed nose. Smooth and sweet on the palate, offering pliant cherry liqueur and black raspberry flavors, along with subtle hints of licorice and allspice. A smoky nuance emerges with air and carries through a very long, gently tannic finish that echoes the floral note.  Josh Reynolds

2014 Estate 777 92 Points

Deep red. Fresh red berries, pungent flowers, incense and smoky minerals on the expressive nose. Lively, spice-accented cherry and raspberry flavors pick up a spicy nuance as the wine stretches out. The floral note returns on the very long, taut finish, which features a sweet raspberry quality and smooth tannins.                                                    Josh Reynolds

2014 Estae Blend 93 Points

Lurid ruby-red. Fresh black raspberry, cherry and incense aromas are complemented by hints of star anise, lavender and cola. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering densely packed red and dark berry and spicecake flavors that become more energetic    as the wine stretches out. In a concentrated yet lively style, delivering solid closing punch, smooth tannins and excellent Josh Reynolds

2015 Estate 115 93 Points

Vivid red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry on the highly perfumed nose, with notes of candied flowers and exotic spices adding complexity. Shows impressive energy and sharp delineation on the palate, offering cherry and dark berry liqueur flavors that show a touch of medicinal bitterness on the back half. Turns sweeter with air and shows outstanding clarity on the long, penetrating finish, which is firmed by fine-grained tannins that fold smoothly into the wine's energetic fruit. Josh Reynolds

2015 Estate 777 93 Points

Bright magenta color. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of fresh red/blue fruits and potpourri, with cola, vanilla and exotic spice notes building as the wine opens up. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift in the mouth, offering fleshy raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a suave, sweetening touch of mocha. Finishes with a jolt of juicy acidity, harmonious tannins and excellent, floral-dominated persistence. Josh Reynolds

2015 Estate Blend 92 Points

Brilliant red. Cherry pit, black raspberry and licorice on the highly fragrant nose and in the mouth. Conveys very good energy and lift, with hints of succulent herbs and cola emerging as the wine opens with air. A nicely structured Pinot that also shows appealing given a very long, subtly sweet finish, where dusty, harmonious tannins provide focus. Josh Reynolds