Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted "own root" to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir was one of the first to grace the California coastlands and has become something of a lost treasure. The site offers pronounced flavors that are augmented by the Martini clone, known for its characteristic brown spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) and deep cranberry and raspberry flavors.
A powerful, brooding red, with effusive blackberry, plum, leather, spice and ample fruit covers the structure but there are abundant tannins lurking underneath. The finish picks up earth and mineral elements. Syrah. 1,100 cases made
94 Points Wine Spectator.
#83 Marketview's 2013 Top 100
Good medium red. Deeply pitched, liqueur-like aromas of cocoa, coffee, smoke, nuts and underbrush, with a balsamic nuance adding appeal. Big, plump and rich, boasting substantial palate presence to the sappy, seamless raspberry and strawberry flavors. Very sweet and filled in but this is the least evolved of the three 2009 Barolos here. Finishes with noteworthy energy and lift, the serious fine-grained tannins saturating the cheek and gums. This makes the Bricco Ambrogio seem dry by comparison.
92 Points Stephen Tanzer