2013 Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, USA (750 ml)
"This lush, voluptuous and tenderly textured wine is still grippy in its youth. Dark cherry, cranberry and pomegranate round out the layers of juicy fruit, buoyed by rocky minerality, measured oak and firm tannins. Medium bodied, it can be enjoyed with or without a meal." Wine Enthusiast, 94 pts
"The two very fine versions of Patz & Hall Pinot head in slightly different directions, and picking a favorite is a difficult task. This one from the Russian River Valley teams the juicy, keenly cherry-like fruit for which the appellation is known with a judicious measure of supportive oak and, even though marked by ready ripeness throughout, it is never less than bright and buoyant and its focus on deep and very pure Pinot fruit is as constant as constant can be." Connoisseur's Guide, 93 pts
This stunning wine delivers everything we love about this vineyard: it's bursting with bright red fruit, has big, age-worthy tannins and abundant natural acidity. Vibrant red cherry and raspberry notes carry through from the nose to the palate, where they mingle with enticing layers of lavender, orange blossom, dusty forest floor and spice. There is also a lovely savory underpinning, with leesy, nutty notes adding nuance to the lush cherry pie flavors.
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