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Atticus Pinot Noir 2005
Very fragrant, lovely gentle cedarwood aromatics. Tiny notes of tobacco and smoke to quite bright, gentle red fruit. The palate has a balanced delicacy, with savoury acidity and a background streak of something liquoricy to the tannins. Delicate and balanced. 89-90/100.
Atticus Pinot Noir 2006
About 25% new oak for this cuvee, but after racking and blending, back into new oak just to add a little flesh. Very forward, quite plush and ripe, with a little touch of floral and herbal aromas. This has more sweetness on the palate, with a really full, juicy cherry fruit. Has a fleshier appeal, with a big, chewy tannic background and plenty of spice. Has a little heat of alcohol. 88/100.
Atticus Select Pinot Noir 2006
Barrel selection, mostly Yamhill Springs fruit, has a little more new oak (60%) to suit the jammy, more ripe fruit. Quite a tight, muscular black fruit nose. The palate has a deep-set pool of limpid black fruit, with the edge of sweet, juicy cherry. It has a solid, rich, sweet and silky complexity. Very long finish. 91/100.
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