2013 Wenzlau Pinot Noir EstatePinot Noir from United States
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These new releases from Wenzlau show a surprising amount of power across the board. Wenzlau (and neighboring Mt. Carmel) is a rugged, high-altitude site with significant exposu...
- 92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 91+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from their estate vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and made by Justin Willett of Tyler Wines, the 2013 Pinot Noir is a beautiful, elegant and seamless red that exhibits classy notes of sweet cherries, rose bush, wet rock and charcoal. Medium-bodied, lively and pure, with ultra-fine tannin structure, it should have a decade or more of overall longevity. Mostly destemmed, it spent 18 months in 25% new French oak prior to bottling.
91+ Antonio Galloni - Vinous
A rich, ample wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate is very tightly wound today. The flavors are intense and dark, almost as if you could taste the intense mineral, ash, smoke, graphite and licorice that appear to emanate from these distinctive, black soils in the Sta. Rita Hills. The inclusion of 33% whole clusters adds a measure of aromatic nuance and exoticism, with hints of rose petal, star anise and blood orange that develop on the beguiling finish.
These new releases from Wenzlau show a surprising amount of power across the board. Wenzlau (and neighboring Mt. Carmel) is a rugged, high-altitude site with significant exposure to the elements. Still, my impression is that these wines are a bit forced. The Chardonnay follows a pretty classic, Burgundian-style aging protocol, one year in French oak (25% new) followed by 4-6 months in tank prior to bottling, while the Pinots spend 12-15 days on the skins followed by 18-20 months in barrel (33-40% new) with one racking. It would be great to see Wenzlau settle on a more consistent house style.
92 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91+ - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|