From those who brought us the inflation-fighter Rutherford Ranch wines, comes their entry into the high-end Pinot market and it's a winner. (It even has a very modern and appealing label). It does have a healthy dose of oak, I'll warn you, but it's balanced nicely with very nice clean fruit flavors of black cherries and cranberries from 3 Dijon clones (677, 777, and 115 --along with a splash of Grenache and Syrah for aromatics). I love the fact it's not too hot on the palate, with only 13% alcohol.
The name celebrates Raymond Scott, the patriarch of the Scott-Zaninovich family. It comes from Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey, which is emerging as a source of Pinot fruit to be reckoned with.
Try this with steak au poivre or a great grass-fed burger like I'm serving with it tonight. Recommended. Around $35.
This was a press sample.