95 Points - limited
Limited release of Santa Barbara's new Cult Pinot Noir.
95 Points Robert Parker: "Fleshing out beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard 3 5 offers lots of minerality and saltiness to go with darker-based fruits, crushed violets and cassis. Slightly reserved aromatically, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a supple, expansive texture and a big finish. Fermented with a tiny 5% whole-cluster and aged 11 months in 48% new French oak, it's an incredible Pinot Noir that has no problem standing beside the more expensive Mt Carmel bottling. Drink it anytime over the coming decade...
...These 2013's from winemaker Matt Dees appear to be on par with the sensational 2012s. Focusing exclusively on the Mt Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, these 2013s were all harvested September 6-25. The Chardonnay sees partial malolactic fermentation and aging in 40% new French oak. The Pinot Noirs are mostly destemmed and aging occurs in 30-50% new French oak. While these lean toward the leaner end of the spectrum, I think they have brilliant fruit intensity and length."
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the Rancho Ontiveros vineyard in the Central Coast. Very Limited - Only 50 cases were made! Hurry...
previous vintage 93 Points Wine Spectator: "Big, smooth, rich and generous, displaying lively plum, wild berry and blackberry flavors that touch on jammy in a pleasing way. This picks up spice and nutmeg scents, showing a firmness that gives the flavors traction. Drink now through 2020."
95 points - limited
New Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up-and-coming labels and sourced from the famous Kanzler Vineyard in Sonoma. Tiny production.
95 Points Brix26: "The 2015 vintage has a ton of structure with hints of blackberries and dried cherries on the nose. It's wonderfully savory on the palate specifically with fresh earth and some brown spice notes (nutmeg and cola). Another terrific wine from winemaker Andrew Vingiello."
A.P. Vin is a small-production winery based in San Francisco. Winemaker/owner Andrew P. Vingiello started the company in 2003 and made it his full-time gig in 2005. The wines he makes are single-vineyard Pinot Noir from some of the best sites in California like this limited Kanzler Vineyard release from the Sonoma Coast. The fruit from Kanzler Vineyard is some of the most coveted in all of California and only select few top Pinot Noir producers like Kosta Browne get some.
New Pinot Release from A.P. Vin, one of Pinot's hottest up and coming labels and sourced from the famous Gary's Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
93 Points Robert Parker: "The Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers lots of savory, medium-bodied, complex notes of sassafras, scrub brush, black cherry, peppery spice and earth in a perfectly balanced, layered package. Its integrated acidity and fine tannin all suggest it will drink nicely through 2022...Winemaker Andrew Vingiello continues to make a bevy of brilliant wines. They’re always packed with fruit, yet never lose typicity or soul. All of these Pinot Noirs were mostly destemmed (a few have 25% whole cluster) and aged in French oak barrels, with an average of 50% new."
93 Points Wine Spectator: "A rich, unctuous style, with layers of mocha, blackberry, wild berry, currant and boysenberry, yet for all the richness, this glides on the palate, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste that keeps repeating the dark berry themes. Drink now through 2022. 275 cases made."
A.P. Vin is a small-production winery based in San Francisco. Winemaker/owner Andrew P. Vingiello started the company in 2003 and made it his full-time gig in 2005. The wines he makes are single-vineyard Pinot Noir from some of the best sites in California like this limited Garys’ Vineyard release from the Santa Lucia Highlands.