The style of Knox Alexander, named after Jim Clendenen’s son, is to express a selection of the best vineyard parcels from the 58 acres of estate Pinot Noir fruit that Jim has planted since 1994. The 2017 is a savoury wine with mixed red and black berry fruit mingling with notes of cured meat, toast and bacon. The palate exudes concentrated, dark cherry fruit and a smoky intensity which combine to make this a bold expression of Pinot Noir yet one that is toned and supple. The signature ABC freshness is here and lifts the whole wine yet it is the intensity of the savoury, meaty character that defines it. The leafy tannins are still firm on the palate suggesting that more time should be allowed for these to resolve. The wine is concentrated and powerful with so much complexity all culminating in an intriguing herbal note on the generous and rewarding finish. Drink 2024-2032.