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BOTTLED APRIL 22ND, 2021 AND SHIPS NOW WEATHER PERMITTING
Fleshy and racy with crystalline fruit, plenty of verve and native yeast suavage, Lot 176 2019 Russian River Pinot Noir strikes the perfect balance between the ripe/unctuous and leaner Sonoma Coast styles.
The source winemaker is a Burgundian maestro, a pioneer of many of today's modern winemaking techniques. I think its fair to say this person has done as much to define the upper echelons of California Chardonnay as anyone. Its always been my favorite for striking just the right balance between California fruit and Burgundian nerve.
Lot 176 is sourced from a variety of top-quality Pinot Noir sites in the heart of the Russian River Valley - Dutton Ranches, Bucher Vineyard, De La Montanya, etc. - fermented on native yeasts (~30% whole cluster) and aged in 50% new French oak with monthly battonage. Again, no expense is spared here. The resulting wine threads the needle between ripeness and structure beautifully, delivering complexity, elegance, and concentration on a lithe, sinewy framework.
Priced between $50-$60/bottle, this wine scores, without fail, between 94- and 92-points with the major critics and is probably under-priced versus the marketplace - which makes it all the better value at just over $13/bottle, $165/case. Pinot fans of all stripes, its time to back up the truck!
Medium garnet in the glass. Beautifully complex, balanced and layered aromas of dried rose petal, black cherry, dark earth, asian spice/ginger and a lovely bergamot tea halo that envelops it all. Air complexes the aromas further adding warm, flinty river rock, wild strawberry and a really cool, earthy layer of coastal river ravine that reminds me of the Mendocino's coastline, chock-full of verdant canopies and ferny, wooded glades. Silky smooth on the palate, medium-bodied with nuanced, delicate fruit dancing in crunchy, mouth-watering acidity and punctuated with fine French oak tannin. Damn fine wine here folks.
100% Pinot Noir - mix of Pommard and Dijon Clones25-30% stem inclusion, Native yeast ferment, 50% new French oak, monthly battonage14.1% alc.600 cases availableBottled April 22nd, 2021
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