I had a bottle of this wine opened for several days, and it just kept getting better and better, a sign of a superb, age-worthy Pinot. This is classic cold climate Pinot Noir at its best rivaling the 2019 Raen Fort-Ross Seaview Pinot Noir we offered last week at about ½ of its price. This is a genuine classic Pinot Noir that showcases a fantastic sense of place and is one of the best domestic Pinot Noirs we have tasted all year.
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What an amazing classically inspired Pinot Noir! Nuri Nakamura, a Japanese native, uses the term ‘Sensai” to describe his wine, meaning elegant, subtle, nuanced, and detailed. At 13.5% alcohol, this wine is all of that with its perfect balance between fruit, acid, and alcohol. This is sourced from the Occidental/Freestone area, which is unique, having 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. 2018 was terrific and classic vintage for Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, and this wine does not disappoint. Noria is a little reduced upon opening, but with air showcases lovely aromas of violets, red and blue fruits, wood smoke, soil signature, baking spices, and a savory component. The palate is dense yet vibrant with tons of dry extract, salinity, with a lingering finish of red fruits, orange zest, and liquid minerals. This is a must-buy for the classic néw or old wold Pinot Noir lover and even better than the terrific 2017!