Overview

The bouquet is stunning, offering up a complex and exotic nose of garrigue, rose petals, and blackberries. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and intense, with bright acids and excellent focus and grip. Complex tar and rose notes belie its youth and show its exotic potential.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2018
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationMendocino Ridge
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 15, 2018
  • Release DatesJanuary 1, 2020
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.4% / 3.85 / 5.5g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced485 6/750 mL

Download Notes

2018

Critical Acclaim

Moderate garnet color in the glass. Alluring aromas of purple plum and grape, spice and burnt tobacco. Hearty on the palate with engaging flavors of blackberry, black cherry and Hoison sauce, finishing joyously long and dry. Typical spice that I find from Hungarian barrels. Still commendable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93

— Rusty Gaffney, The Pinot File

Wines from the likes of producers such as Rhys, Kalin Cellars, Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Copain and Littorai are really stunning testaments to just what is possible when pinot noir is planted in the right places in California and produced in such a way as to maximize its varietal purity and transparency of soil signature. Newcomers (at least to me) such as Poe Vineyards, Kendric Vineyards, Knez Winery and Bravium show that this varietal is really coming of age in several different regions of California.

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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