Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. VIN and Landmark. In 2004, the Kanzlers launched their own label featuring grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. Alex Kanzler, the son of Stephen and Lynda, is the current winemaker.
The 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir checks in at 14.9% ABV and is a beautiful ruby red in color. Aromas of raspberries, strawberries and creosote explode from the glass. The palate has so much going on: sassafras, brown sugar, black cherries, framboise, cranberries and raspberry liqueur. There is a gorgeous sweetness to this wine that just lingers on the palate. The finish is long, lush and sweet. Unmistakably new world in style.
If you want a domestic Pinot Noir that resembles Burgundy then look elsewhere. But if you want a delicious wine that is fun to drink, look no further.
My rating; 93 points.
Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2010 will set you back $52. Highly recommended.
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