Pinot Noir
Platt Vineyard, 2010

$ 80.00$ 160.00

Joan and Lew Platt planted these vines for us to work with on their property overlooking the town of Bodega. A very cool site with intelligently selected plant material that is well farmed is a Pinot Noir maker’s dream. Red, black and blue fruit character with great structure, minerality and complexity are the result.

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Winemaker's Notes

This is a rather elegant expression of this special vineyard just in sight of the ocean. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have selected the clones for the initial planting, knowing that this site was “on the fringe” climate wise and that any given year could be very different from the next. This is one of those cases where having an array of plant material allows the winemaker everything needed within one property. ‘Swan,’ ‘Pommard,’ ‘828,’ and ‘Calera’ seem to have a sweet spot here in either warmer or cooler vintages. Since we get both kinds even so close to the sea, it made sense to have an array like this available. The characteristics that one clone usually shows in the cooler vintages ends up being displayed instead by another clone in a rare warmer vintage. This just tells me that these characteristics are the site being expressed through a happy plant. Like the OMV Zinfandel, not everything goes into it — just what needs to.

The 2010 has not only red and blue fruits, but it also has some interesting savory notes as well. Even though the clonal mixture that was optimum this year was very different, it reminds me very much of the 2008 vintage except that it is a little mellower in its youth as it has begun to present itself in a unified way rather than a sum of parts at this early stage. Pinot Noir’s strength is its subtlety.




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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine CellarMay 2013

    Bright red. A deeply perfumed nose displays strawberry, raspberry, Asian spices and smoky minerality. Silky on entry, then sweet and expansive, with fine-grained raspberry and cherry-cola flavors of great energy and finesse. A palate-staining but lithe pinot that shows superb definition and focus. The long, penetrating finish features supple tannins and a late kick of peppery spices. 93 points. Josh Raynolds

  2. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineSeptember 2014

    Medium-light to medium brickish ruby; restrained, herbal, red cherry and dark berry fruit aroma; medium to medium-full body; tight, deep, red berry fruit flavors with good balance and structure; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Opened and developed with airing in the glass. Highly recommended. 89 points Nick Ponomareff

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