2015 Comartin Cellars R-Bar-R Ranch Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 50 cases, $29.99 (SRP is $55 on website). Vineyard is located at 1,100 feet elevation at the southern tip of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Adam Comartin is the winemaker. A puzzling wine for me as Wine Enthusiast awarded this wine 94 points. The winery has been highly praised for a number of varietal releases so I was curious to try this wine that I purchased. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose reveals piquant aromas of tobacco, hot smoke and toast. The mid weight core of black cherry fruit is heavily infused with charred oak and green tobacco flavors. Silky in the mouth, with fine-grain tannins and some cherry-driven finishing intensity and length. Unchanged when tasted the following day and somewhat unpleasant to drink. Can’t reach any definitive conclusions other than this may have been a bad bottle. Not scored. Score: NA. Reviewed January 20, 2018

Winery: Comartin Cellars
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