2013 Wayfarer Pinot Noir Golden Mean

Year: 2013
Appellation: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 94+
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Dense and powerful, with a potent, complex mix of extracted blackberry, dusty earth and herb, cedar and pencil lead flavors, ending with a massive tannic presence that veers toward dry and chewy. Best from 2016 through 2025. 550 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir Golden Mean is all about exuberance. Juicy dark cherries, plums, lavender and cloves burst from the glass as this resonant, radiant Pinot shows off its considerable personality and pedigree. The combination of Swan and Pommard clones here is hugely appealing. Exotic floral and spice notes add the final layers of nuance. Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave was done with 35% whole clusters. Once again, the Golden Mean is superb." (VM)

"Lush and velvety, this wine offers big, dark cherry flavor around a tangy minerality. From three vineyard blocks planted to Pommard and Swan clones, it balances opposites in the way full-bodied luxuriousness meets acidity-driven juiciness, creating a desire for more. Let this wine open in the glass or cellar through 2023." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Golden Mean is a union of contrasts: the earthy aromatics and powerful structure of the Pommard clone married with the elegance and alluring perfume of the Swan clone. This wine is an aromatic journey, beginning with floral notes of magnolia and lavender, leading to vibrant fruit tones of cranberry and mandarin, finishing with warm garden scents of marjoram and fresh anise. The velvet mouthfeel glides through a mid-palate rich with raspberries, rose hips and hints of black pepper and cedar. Ready to savor upon release, this wine will age beautifully for another 10-15 years.