2012 Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley promises a lot. And certainly the back label on this wine gives one great optimism as to its contents. The aromas are quite hard and extracted violets, leading to a hard extracted slightly bitter palate. I was hoping for some voluptuous elegance – bad sadly no. A very forced style of Pinot – dark in color – lacking red fruits and purity – more on the extracted gamay side. Some people will like this – but this lacks the elegance in Pinot Noir that I am looking for. Over a few days this didn’t really improve. Strange. 85/100. One big retail chain rates this at 94 points. Maybe a little optimistic!