Westward Pinot Noir Cask-Finished, 45%
Price: $90 ● Issue: Spring 2021 ● Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton
The nose balances enticing aromas of tropical fruit—mango, jackfruit, papaya—with earthy clay and dark chocolate, a harbinger of the bright sweetness of the palate, which sings with grapefruit, lemon-lime zest, kiwi, and pineapple soda, plus roasted nuts and semi-dark chocolate. The texture is waxy, verging to oily with a few drops of water, but never heavy. Though the finish is short, it's complete, rounded out with white pepper, jackfruit, and grapefruit oil.