Cherry Pie 'Stanly Ranch' Pinot Noir 2013
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Item Number: 22190
Wine Advocate 91
"Woodbridge’s Midas touch with Cabernet Sauvignon also extends to his Pinot Noirs. He makes three of them – two from the Sonoma Coast and one from the Southern Napa Valley site called Stanley Ranch that was often used by Berringer. The 2013s are all brilliantly packaged with a gorgeous picture of a cherry pie on the label. The 2013 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch is a hefty Pinot at 15+% natural alcohol, but exhibits delicious kirsch liqueur notes, roasted herbs, spice box and medium to full-bodied fleshy and succulent fruit and texture. It is a sexy, endearing style to drink over the next 5-7 years."-RP
The Tasting Panel 93
"Luxardo Maraschino cherries, strawberry compote, ripe raspberries and a bit of evergreen forest that ends in a sweet, creamy salinity like a salted butter cookie. This full-bodied single vineyard Los Carneros Pinot Noir is not joking around and needs a bit of decanting. Winemaker maverick Jayson Woodbridge has made a lot of smart decisions in his career but calling a wine “Cherry Pie” and putting a painting of a delicious looking freshly baked cherry pie by artist TR Colleta on the label was brilliant."~TP
"Viticulture at Stanly Ranch has a long and rich history which began in the 1880s but fell off during Prohibition. Pinot Noir was first planted at Stanly Ranch in the 1940s, when a clonal trial proved the ranch’s well-drained day-loam soils and rolling hills ideal for growing the finicky varietal. The vineyard has been significantly refined over the years, and Stanly Ranch is now one of the most sought-after vineyards for Pinot Noir in California.
The Los Carneros AVA straddles the southern parts of Napa and Sonoma Counties. It is the coolest wine region in Napa, with fog rolling in from San Pablo Bay at night, then peeling back later in the morning to expose the grapes to the sun. Stanly Ranch is on the Napa side of Los Carneros and has many microclimates throughout its rolling hills, resulting in substantial terroir differences in each block of the vineyard. The bay has a significant influence; the lower areas are the first to be covered with fog and the last to emerge, while the hills remain in the sun the longest.
The fruit came in absolutely beautifully. We carefully chose the blocks for micro-lot fermentations to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. The majority of this wine was fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons and punched down by hand. A portion was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French Oak, a portion of which was the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested ‘sur lie’ for the entire aging period.
A very showy wine – bright red in color. A swirl grips the glass and leaving a magenta stain. On the nose, fruit pours out of the glass immediately. Cherry liqeur, raspberry and camphor – there’s even little French Toast in the background. Bright acidity wraps the red fruits and black cherry on the palate. The tannins are youthful. A purists Pinot Noir."~Winery Notes
A light, fruity pinot noir
Posted by Patricia on 6/15/17 [Verified]
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