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I had the pleasure of meeting David Lett during a business project around 2004 or 05. I spent an afternoon at his house during which we tasted through some verticals he selected from the library. It was an eye opener for me, since my Pinot palate was being shaped by the fruit-forward, extracted Russian River style that was then emerging. To me, David's wines were shockingly light in body, but so elegant. To use your words, fragrant, ethereal, floral, compelling. I remember him lamenting that many people (especially in the trade) didn't understand his style and just wanted fruit bombs. I hope these unique wines are now getting more of the recognition they deserve.

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