Carlton Hill
2012 Carlton Hill Estate Pinot Noir

450 Cases Produced

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• 91 pts – Wine Enthusiast
Balanced and fresh, mixing berries, fresh herbs, black cherry and dried mushroom components, this medium-long, estate-grown wine is designed for significant short-term improvement. Delicious already, it seems poised to evolve gracefully through 2021.

• 87 pts – Wine Advocate
The 2012 Pinot Noir has a conservative nose that is clean and “correct,” but does not quite deliver the complexity of the variety. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and well-judged acidity, the finish gaining a little more conviction than the aromatics with red plum and allspice on the finish. Fine.

• 89 pts – VINOUS (Tanzer)
Bright red. Spice-accented raspberry, cherry and candied rose scents show a hint of smokiness in the background. Juicy and plush on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors with suggestions of succulent herbs and cracked pepper. A blood orange flourish adds a refreshingly bitter edge to the finish, which hangs on with good, spicy tenacity. — Josh Raynolds