- Small Vines Russian River Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee 2012 Product #28220 (In Stock)
Paul thinks that this could be his best Pinot Noir yet, and it’s the first time that he’s used fruit from all of his estate vineyards in a single bottling. As in 2011, Baranoff provides more than half the fruit, but 25% comes from super low vigor Old Mill site in Green Valley. About 12% comes from the MK Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and the rest from the Barlow Homestead vineyard, where Paul and Kathryn live. Paul farms all of these sites organically now, with no chemical fertilizers or herbicides – but lots and lots of handwork. The best barrels from each vineyard were selected for this 383 case cuvee.
Not yet reviewed by the press, I’m inclined to agree that this is Paul’s best Russian River Pinot Noir ever. A little swirling reveals layered aromas of black and Bing cherry, licorice root, red flowers, and fresh turned earth. On the palate, the wine has much more richness and concentration than the 13.6% alcohol suggests, with pure and intense flavors of sweet cherry, Asian 5 spice, cola nut, and a touch of blackberry and vanilla. The tannins are very elegant and fine grained, but provide ample support for food or cellaring, and the sour cherry, spice, and earth flavors linger on and on. Lovely, luscious, stuff.
"(made with 27% whole clusters, native yeasts and one-third new oak): Brilliant red. Sexy aromas of raspberry liqueur, potpourri and smoky minerals, with an Asian spice flourish adding complexity. On the palate, vibrant red fruit and floral pastille flavors put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity. This silky, approachable pinot noir finishes with excellent clarity and smooth, well-knit tannins that contribute shape."International Wine Cellar 91 points