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Pinot Noir
Platt Vineyard, 2011

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.

Winemaker’s Notes

This wine is very much like what we expected to have ripeness-wise when the vineyard was first developed nearly 15 years ago: 13.3% alc. There’s an iron/blood thing that speaks of the nearby sea and sense of salinity. It does not appear super-rich at first glance, but has a surprising depth of flavor that comes in subtle, non-linear approach (substance within delicacy). Josh Raynolds wrote “Juicy and nicely delineated on the palate, showing very good depth and gentle sweetness to its mineral-laced red fruit flavors. The refreshingly bitter finish clings with vibrancy and spicy persistence.” (May 2014) I do think it is more approachable earlier than the previous vintages of this bottling that, while frustratingly latent, one is rewarded with patient aging as any who have tasted the 2008 which is beginning to happen now. Those looking for cold-climate Pinot Noir examples can see the edge this is poised upon.

Wine Specs

Weight 46.75 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 3.25 × 3.25 in
Sizes Bottled

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Vintage

Vineyard

AVA

Cases produced

115

Release Date

Reviews

  1. International Wine CellarMay 2014

    Bright ruby-red. Lively and focused on the nose, displaying aromas of redcurrant, cherry and fresh rose. Juicy and nicely delineated on the palate, showing very good depth and gentle sweetness to its mineral-laced red fruit flavors. The refreshingly bitter finish clings with vibrancy and spicy persistence. 90 Points. Josh Raynolds

  2. VinousFebruary 2015

    The 2011 Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard is pretty, but it is also a bit soft, especially through the mid-palate, where a measure of depth is lacking. Tobacco, crushed flowers, hard candy, mint, leather and dried cherries add nuance, but the wine never truly blossoms. Readers should consider drinking the 2011 Platt sooner rather than later. 88 Points. Antonio Galloni

  3. California GrapevineNick Ponomareff, June 2015

    Medium-light to medium brickish ruby; attractive, forward, ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of damp earth, cardamom, and mocha; medium to medium-full body; rich, fleshy, slightly cedary, cranberry and black cherry flavors with good depth and acid balance; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 92 points