2012 Dry Creek Valley Pinot Noir
Gold Medal: 2014 Denver Int'l Wine Competition; 92 Pts, Gold Medal: Critics Challenge; Juicy, seductive, provocative Pinot Noir.
The wine is a beauty, emerging with an enticing nose of rich raspberry, high-toned violet, and white flower elements. Juicy, fresh, and quite seductive aromatically, it's equally enticing on the palate, with raspberry pie and purple floral notes overlaying a juicy texture with a long and sinuous finish. With time in the glass, a provocative anise seed emerges in the nose, making it all the more compelling.
Style: Medium, Smooth
The vineyard is at the extreme western edge of the Dry Creek appellation, nestled into the hills there at the edge of a valley that has more direct egress/drainage to the ocean than the rest of the valley…sort of a “Petaluma Gap,” if you will, except 30 miles to the North. It happens to be quite a nice microclimate for growing Pinot Noir. Usually, the source winery (that charges $40/bottle) wouldn't part with this, but it was in transition, having recently changed hands.