2017 Noria Pinot Noir Michael Valentine Vineyard$47.99
What an amazing classically inspired Pinot Noir! Nuri Nakamura a Japanese native uses the term ‘Sensai” to describe his wine which means, elegant, subtle, nuanced, and detailed. At 13.2% alcohol, this wine is all of that with its perfect balance between fruit, acid, and alcohol. The Occidental/Freestone area is unique, has the coolest climate in Northern California. The Michael Valentine Vineyard is farmed sustainably and planted to the Dijon clone 777. This wine has some whole-cluster fruit and spends about 14 months in French Oak before bottling un-fined, and un-filtered. 2017 was a terrific vintage for Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, and this wine will not disappoint! Noria is a little reduced upon opening, but with air showcases wonderful aromas of violets, rose petals, cherry, pomegranate, game, soil tones, tar, and a touch of baking spices. The palate is balanced with cool red and blue fruits dominating some youthful austerity finishing with tons of dry extract and perfectly integrated acidity. This is about as classic Pinot Noir from the Sonoma coast that we have tasted that doesn’t go too far to the extreme. Only 2,000 bottles produced and we are one of the only retailers to carry this wine. Bravo!