Lot 307 Casablanca Pinot Noir is a deeply colored Pinot with beautiful and spicy aromas of cardamom, rose petal, and blackberry. The oak is well integrated with the fruit (there is minimal new oak used here) and a real sense of purity is achieved along with a minerality that carries that fruit beautifully – think blackberry again with wild strawberry coming through as well. This is a terrific Pinot where the fruit does the talking and is just as good as any $30-40 California Pinot
Blackberry, Mineral, Oak, Rose, Strawberry
Appellation: Casablanca Valley 100%
Grape: Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol by volume: 14%
Drink/Hold: Now and through 2021
Lot 307 2010 Casablanca Pinot Noir continues the quality tradition of Lot 227 Casablanca Pinot Noir and takes the game up a notch. The bolder style is made possible by better fruit selection and a tighter whole-cluster fermentation protocol. In effect, this cracks open the wine, making it delicious to drink now. As well, this year we decided to close the wine with cork to avoid any the reductive environment that I think contributed to the stemmy aromas that dominated last years release for a couple months.
Casablanca Valley Pinot is my favorite style and it's proven to be the best value among domestic and imported PN. Lot 307 was just fabulous! I wish I had gotten more before it ran out. Hopefully CHWine can get ahold of next year's release - I'll definitely buy a case or two.