I feel fortunate to have been invited to work with this vineyard since its early development over 15 years ago. With the multiple clones and vineyard blocks I have been vinifying, there are multiple expressions of each fermentation lot. What I have seen is a real classy, polished subtlety and transparency that is quite compelling. While the site is in an overall very cool location, in sight of the Pacific Ocean, it can still be subject to significant warm periods at harvest. Being capable of harvesting quickly is a real asset so that the fruit can become perfectly ripe, retaining nuance and layers rather than leaning toward only gooey dark fruits which result from over ripe fruit.
As another example of remaining on the lees the entire time in barrel, this wine enjoys a perfect level of non-fruit to balance the beautiful red and blue fruits in the aromas. Texturally, it possesses enough of the ‘rounds’ (glycerol and mannoprotiens) to balance the ‘angles’ (tannin and especially, acidity). Taking the example of King, above as Gevery-like, Platt is more of a Volnay in its presentation of restrained energy and gentle persistence. Aromas of tree blossom perfume, red and blue fruits plus a little rained-on concrete aroma begin the journey. They follow through gracefully and as they weave in and out of center stage with each other so does the acidity and body of the wine take turns as well. The wine transitions very gracefully to the finish which ends up on an important upward note due to welcome acidity getting the last word in.
Judi Scherrer –
California Grapevine – June 2017
Medium-light ruby; attractive, forward, deep, complex, raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of baking spices and forest floor; medium-full body; rich, ripe, elegant, cherry fruit flavors with light, spicy notes, a hint of cola, and a silky mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows some maturity and should be even better with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. My Score: 17 [92/100], first place Nick Ponomareff
Judi Scherrer –
Vinous – August 2017
The 2013 Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard is terrific. Aromatically intense, pliant and super-expressive, the 2013 is promising. I say promising, because ideally it needs another few years to be at its very best. Even so, the 2013 is compelling today. A burst of hard candy, rose petal, mint and sweet spice punctuates the expressive finish. 92 points. Antonio Galloni