2012 Westerhold Estate Pinot Noir Bennett Valley
"The brilliant Russell Bevan has proven he can make just as compelling Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, Syrahs and Chardonnays in Sonoma as he does in Napa with Bordeaux varietals. Is Russell Bevan The Wine Advocate’s winemaker of the year?" -Robert Parker
Winemaker's Tasting Note:
"Our Westerhold estate vineyard benefits from the early morning sunlight as the fog blows away and the sun peeks over the Mayacamas Mountains. It is cooled late in the day by the breezes which flow through the Crane Canyon wind gap. Nestled between three mountain peaks (Bennett, Taylor, and Sonoma Mountains) in Sonoma County, Bennett Valley sits within the Sonoma Valley AVA and overlaps a portion of both the Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Coast AVAs. The well-drained mountain benchland soils combine with early morning fog and cool marine breezes to create ideal conditions for growing exceptional cool-climate varieties like Syrah and Pinot Noir. -Winery"
"The 2012 Westerhold Family Vineyards Pinot Noir showcases the qualities that make California Pinot Noir special. The nose has classic red fruit scents of cherry and raspberry, but as the fruit pulls you in, the tea and spice aromatics take over. When you take your first sip, the wine's Bennett Valley pedigree shows itself - it is full bodied, but the texture is silky and plush. You get the beautiful fruit flavors that you would expect from the nose, but then there are hints of roasted meat, forest floor and cloves that develop over the long, nuanced finish. This is a refined, polished Pinot Noir with acidity to keep it lively, which makes it perfect to pair with duck or salmon." - Russell Bevan, Winemaker