92 points | Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report
Showing its darker fruit extract qualities it has a rugged masculinity and harkens to an old world style - supple textured with scents of blackberry tea and mulling spices, an autumnal forest floor earthiness and venison-like meatiness with finishing note of black cherry skins and faint wood smoke. Drink through 2024.
91 points | Vinous, Antonio Galloni
Brilliant red. Displays aromas of dried red berries, cherry pit and baking spices, plus a hint of potpourri in the background. An energetic, silky midweight wine that features smoke-accented raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Energetic and tightly wound, finishing long and spicy, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip.
Adelaida’s 33 acre HMR vineyard, established in 1964 is one of the oldest continuously farmed plantings of Pinot Noir (P.N.) in California. Our property lies in a coastal influenced mountain valley within the Santa Lucia Ranges, a cooler site more suitable for this delicate variety. Naturally unstable, it is prone to natural mutations of the vine DNA, over 30 clones have been identified. The old vines of HMR form a unique vineyard mix lacking a source attribution, they are a ‘massal selection’ aka the ‘HMR clone’ having evolved from multiplicity of original vines.