2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard
Aromas of stone fruits & spice. A very interesting array of both black and red fruits, making it very difficult to describe as it is quite complex. Predominately stone fruits that dance on the palate for a very very long time. This wine will pair beautifully with any rich meats, my choice would be lamb loin chops.
How is it that the most fruit forward wine on the palate can be so shy in the nose? The Hellenthal has a multifaceted fruit profile due to numerous clonal selections comprising the block from which we source. The Hellenthal has typically been either bold or timid depending on that years vintage. The 2012 is the best of both worlds with great fruit strength but oh so alluring.
2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Salzgeber Vineyard
Aromas of dried cherries. Flavors of strawberries, cherries and a hint of chocolate that tantalize the palate upon entry, carrying through the mid palate and right through the finish. An oven roasted chicken and a bottle of Salzgeber equals a great night.
Flavors of bing cherry, red plums with generous acidity lead to a velvety mouth feel offering that wonderful fruit tannin that we have come to love from this vineyard.
2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard
Aromas of black plums & tea. Flavors of black plum, blueberry, dark tea and a slight touch of tobacco are accompanied by a lovely spiciness that is intriguing all the way through to a bright long finish. Enjoy this wine alongside a barbequed steak & portabella mushrooms.
Following the 2011 Balletto which offered a robust fruit experience accented by black pepper, this vintage is a throwback to the standard dark fruits, slight white pepper and this year a hint of tobacco.
2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard
Aromas of pomegranate, Earl Grey tea and cocoa. Flavors of sweet dried cranberries folded into a honeysuckle essence with a dusting of orange peel. The long and viscous finish lingers & lingers. This very feminine yet independent wine will shine through any presentation from our oceans.
Sweet cherries and strawberries with a candied concentration offer an exceptional mouthful of flavor.
2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Aromas of strawberry and raspberry. Flavors of bright raspberry, red plums and black tea are wonderfully accentuated by a brisk acidity and mouth watering finish. This wine would complement a duck confit salad with dried fruits.
Rich red fruits stream in offering nice acidity, lots of viscosity finishing in a long balanced experience.
2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Aromas of cherry cola. Flavors of black plums flood the palate carrying a mouthcoating array of baking spices balanced nicely with fruit tannins. With this long finish and enveloping viscosity it would pair well with a pork tenderloin topped with a wild berry glaze.
A wonderful marriage of the Hellenthal and Balletto vineyards.