We have been selling this wine for the last three vintages and are happy to report that this is the best rendition yet. This Pinot Noir is very Burgundian in style. The elegance, refinement, and detail this wine possesses are beguiling.
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 one of the coolest climates in Northern California. The Michael Valentine Vineyard is farmed sustainably and planted to the Dijon clone 777, and Nuri gets the same block of fruit ever vintage. This wine has some whole-cluster fruit and spends about 14 months in French Oak before bottling un-fined and un-filtered. 2019 was terrific and vintage for Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, and this wine does not disappoint. The wine 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 and salinity, with a lingering finish of red fruits, orange zest, and liquid minerals. This is a must-buy for the new and old-world Pinot Noir lovers alike and one we will be putting in our cellar!