94-Points, Platinum Medal 2021 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
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 and has 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 and 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 92- and 94-points with the major critics and is probably under-priced versus the marketplace - which makes it all the better value at just over $23/bottle. 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 Clones
25-30% stem inclusion, Native yeast ferment, 50% new French oak, monthly battonage 14.1% alc. Bottled April 22nd, 2021