Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir

There is a cracked pepper signature of Freycinet that is every bit as distinctive in Louis as it is in the estate’s top pinot noir. These vines are just half the age of the original estate plantings, but fifteen years is still more than respectable, and the seamless palate and lingering persistence that they bring are mesmerising in themselves. A fragrant air of rose petals and violets introduces a sour red cherry palate with layers of dried herbs and tart acidity. $32 at Cellar d’or.