"93 points from Wine Spectator: "A bold, rich, fleshy style that packs in lots of ripe blackberry and wild berry fruit, shaded by spice, anise, mineral and loamy earth. Ends with a long, full-bodied, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013. 800 cases made." (Aug. 31, 2009) The richer and brighter of the two Jim Ball wines, this is big and bright with both red and black fruits. Although forward, this wine has a balance that many ripe wines lack. Cola, rhubarb and spice are constantly showing themselves throughout the mid palate and finish. (Mike Jordan, K&L Wine Merchants) The "Signature" bottling from Jim Ball offers something completely different from the Boonville, and that is an earthier, savory approach, one that is more common in the Anderson Valley than its heavily fruited counterpart. The somewhat shy aromas of sous bois, porcini mushroom, musk and black currant are easily coaxed out of the glass with some air. This wine is pure class, understated throughout and will easily get better over the next 3-4 years. Its weightlessness and earnest lean toward terroir above all else is purely charming, and its flavors of leather, strawberry, sandalwood, sage and foresty underbrush are rare to find in CA Pinot Noir these days. This is a great food wine; I think I'll break out my trusty roast chicken recipe. (Bryan Brick, K&L) "