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2019 Loup Solitaire Pinot Noir

2019 Loup Solitaire Pinot Noir

This is my first vintage of a second label pinot noir. I had a chance to take a stab at this due to an abundant harvest in 2019; it may not be an every year thing. This bottling is designed be affordable and ready for early quaffing. Picked a little earlier and skewing clearly toward the red fruit end of the pinot spectrum, this is significantly more fruit-forward than my main bottling.
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Ratings

90 - John Gilman, View from the Cellar - 5/31/20

2019 Pinot Noir- Loup Solitaire (Kendric Vineyards) Marin County Loup Solitaire is a new, second label created by Stewart Johnson at Kendric Vineyards, as he has had very good yields in the 2019 vintage and wanted to use the surplus production to make a pinot noir bottling focused on early accessibility. It would have been a great by the glass pour at restaurants, if they still existed. The wine is very pretty aromatically (as are all the Kendric Vineyards’ pinots), wafting from the glass in a youthful blend of red and black cherries, pomegranate, lavender, a hint of cola, woodsmoke and a good base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and tangy, with a good core, fine balance and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. This is certainly very tasty already, but it has the depth and balance to also age nicely over the medium-term and will be a great value, as it will be priced just under $25 per bottle! 2020-2035. 90.


93 - Wine Enthusiast - 3/15/21

93 Kendric Vineyards 2019 Loup Solitaire Pinot Noir (Petaluma Gap-Marin County). Nervy but also nicely flavorful, this tautly balanced wine marries just-ripe black-cherry and rhubarb flavors with good acidity, light tannins and plenty of complexity. Nuances of black tea, forest floor and cardamom give plenty to appreciate. —J.G. abv: 13.5% Price: $24

Vineyard Designation

Proprietor Grown

Winemaker Notes

My second label pinot noir, designed be affordable and ready for early quaffing.
Vintage 2019
Wine Style Lighter Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Alcohol % 13.0
Size 750 ml