Pinot Noir
Platt Vineyard, 2017

$ 73.50

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 the 11th vintage that I have worked with this vineyard. It is the first Pinot Noir site I was on the ground floor with and was able to choose the clones for my portion of the vineyard. The viticultural choices were ahead of their time and founded on experience rather than guesstimation. It’s something that has kept me working with this site that is also receiving more and more interest by colleagues and journalists.

Red fruits, loam and fresh ginger are on the nose. It takes some time in the glass to see this clearly, as this wine will benefit hugely with time in bottle.. (With this warm vintage, the rather latent 828 clone became more in its element and earned a leading role in this performance). It weighs in at 12.9% alcohol, which is a result of harvesting on the early side in a warm vintage where development toward over-ripeness can occur all too easily. Those who value the 2008 and 2012 vintages from this site will do well to go heavy here. It is likely to be a long-term relationship.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2021
    Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, deep, ripe, earthy, red cherry and red berry fruit aroma; medium body; deep, ripe, nicely balanced, red and dark berry fruit flavors with bright acidity, good depth and richness, and an elegant mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable now, though still deserving two to four more year of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. My Score: 92/100 Nick Ponomareoff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousJuly 2021
    The 2017 Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard captures all of the natural pedigree of this site. Perfumed, deep and so expressive, the Platt has it all going on. Touches of lavender, rose petal and spice are immediately alluring. Sweet dried cherry, tobacco and cedar develop later, framed by insistent mineral notes that give the Platt its sense of proportion. 94+ points. Antonio Galloni

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