2016 Kistler Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94+
Jeb Dunnuck: 95+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$109.95

THE BEST OF THE BEST AND STILL AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME

"A new addition to the Kistler portfolio since the 2015 vintage, this wine is only available in magnums. Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard opens a little shy and broody, giving way to decadent black raspberry, wild blueberries and mulberries scents with wafts of forest floor, fungi and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied and firmly framed by ripe, velvety tannins and tons of freshness, it has concentrated black and blue berry layers and a long, earthy finish." (WA)

"From sandy loam soils and all Calera clone, the 2016 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard is terrific but is going to reward short-term cellaring. Bing cherry, black raspberry, cassis, and smoked earth/charcoal notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, tight, backward 2016 that has beautiful concentration and depth. Hide bottles for 3-4 years at a minimum.

There’s been a distinct style change at Kistler, with winemaker Jason Kesner purposely pulling back on the harvest dates and making a classic, age-worthy style of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He’s done this without sacrificing depth, concentration, or richness, and these latest 2016s are truly brilliant wines." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Perfumed aromatics of fresh picked wild berries, violets, and iron shavings with early hints of forest floor. An elegantly mouth filling sense of bright purple to red-purple fruit flavors with mineral underpinnings. Simultaneously powerful with delicate edges, this wine finishes with a graceful soft velvet like tannin profile and remarkable length and energy.