The 2017 vintage was dominated by an historic heat spike in the first week of September. The result is a slightly riper profile than the pinot I usually produce -- a little more exuberant on the nose, a little more fruit forward, a little richer, fewer edges in its youth. That said, this is still a balanced wine with enough earth and energy to satisfy even the geekiest wine geek.Cost: $38.00 each, $380.00 per case of 12
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2017 Pinot Noir “Petaluma Gap”- Kendric Vineyards (Marin County)
The 2017 vintage of Stewart Johnson’s pinot noir is once again a beautifully refined and transparent example of this varietal, with wonderful complexity on both the nose and palate and a lovely sense of lightness of step on the palate. This year the wine comes in at 13.3 percent octane and it included forty percent whole clusters. It was raised in thirty percent new wood for twenty-four months, with only a single racking and was bottled unfiltered. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a refined blend of cherries, plums, cinnamon, a hint of fresh thyme, beautiful soil tones, cedary oak and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully soil-driven, with a lovely core of fruit, tangy acids, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and superbly balanced finish. This lovely wine will need some bottle age to blossom fully, but there is plenty of pleasure ahead. The Kendric Vineyards’ Petaluma Gap bottlings of pinot noir are some of the most Burgundian in spirit that one can find in the US and remain one of the best bargains out there in the world of wine, as this wine sells for under $40 per bottle! 2027-2055+. 93.