2012 vintage notes
94 points Josh Reynolds, Vinous: "Vivid red. Explosive, sharply focused, mineral-laced aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, Asian spices and candied flowers. Stains the palate with intense red and dark berry preserve flavors that gain flesh and a smoky nuance with air. Shows outstanding power and vivacity on the finish, which is framed by velvety tannins that fade slowly into the wine's dense fruit. The interplay of richness and vivacity here is striking."
94 points Wine Advocate: "From the highest elevation of the incline, the 2012 Pinot Noir Daphne Reserve is an intermittent release because of the cool climate and wind exposure, notwithstanding its "thin bony soils." From vines planted in 1974, it has a very intense, very pure bouquet with blackberry, small dark cherries, minerals and a touch of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannin encasing pure dark cherry and red cherry fruit. There is real backbone here, very linear and focused with an intense finish like someone holding a penetrating gaze for a minute. You'll blink first."