"Dense and layered, with complex dark berry, fresh earth, cedar, sage and licorice notes. Gains depth and muscle, making a strong showing on the finish, where the flavors are intense and persistent. Drink now through 2021. 1,560 cases made. –JL " (WS)
"From Dijon clones 667 and 777, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch spent time in 60% new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by beautiful aromas of wild mountain blue and black fruits, sweet raspberries, forest floor and spring flowers. As this meaty, rich, complex Pinot sits in the glass, notes of slow-cooked pot roast and bouquet garni also emerge. Already delicious, this beauty should continue to age nicely for 7-10 years.
Patz and Hall has long been a model for how to run a high-quality négociant business, buying fruit from top vineyards and crafting it into wines that can compete with the finest from estate vineyards. They now own one estate vineyard, but all of these offerings are basically produced from purchased fruit. The style is one of Burgundian elegance with full malolactic as well as indigenous yeast fermentations and aging sur-lie. The percentage of new oak used in these cuvées has dropped over the years, running between one-third and 60% today. The wines are bottled early in order to preserve their freshness and fruit, and they tend to be delicious young, yet have an impressive track record for moderate aging." (WA)
"Full medium red. Aromas of dark plum and licorice complemented by torrefaction notes of roast coffee and smoked meat. Sweet, plush and easygoing, showing good flesh to its red fruit and spice flavors. Less penetrating and delineated--as well as less tannic--than the other 2013 pinots here, this wine is accessible already. (ST)" (VM)
" Editors’ Choice, This wine comes from a vineyard planted in the early 2000s in the Sebastopol Hills by Charlie Chenoweth for the Jenkins family, a country music trio consisting of Nancy Jenkins and her two daughters. It is inviting and seductive in black cherry and baking spices. Tightly wound, it has nuance and a lingering afterthought of savory pepper and meat." (WE)
On the nose, layers of spicy cherry, moist forest floor and sea spray showcase this wine’s beautiful balance between concentration and complexity. The palate is lush and creamy, with supple tannins adding silkiness to red fruit flavors of raspberry, plum and pomegranate.