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Wayfarer 2014 Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast


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94 points - new release                                  
Limited new release from Pahlmeyer's new Sonoma Coast vineyard.

94 Points Wine Spectator:
"A riveting style, rich and complex, with enticing aromas that mix zesty wild berry and blueberry flavors with a pleasant edge of earth and savory herbs. Impressively rich, yet graceful. The supple tannins keep reverberating. Drink now through 2024."

94 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2014 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard is more complete than the 2013. This saw about 60% new oak, has a darker, denser ruby color, more substantial strawberry and black cherry fruit, a deeper texture and length and a nice long finish with well-integrated acidity and tannin. Drink it over the next decade....

...This 30-acre vineyard planted with 12 clones of Pinot was once an organic farm raising produce for Alice Waters and her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. It is now a serious vineyard owned by Jayson Pahlmeyer. I tasted through their five cuvées of Pinot Noir in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. 2012 was the first vintage, but I got a look at the bottled 2013s and 2014s, which hold exceptional promise. This vineyard has a superb location, not far from Peter Michael, Red Car, Hirsch and Noble. It is composed of Goldridge soils at an elevation of 900 to 1,000 feet."

Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea to produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012. According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy." Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project.

Type: Pinot Noir

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