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.
Light crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Red fruits, forest floor and cinnamon on the nose. This wine is elegant with perfect acidity. Cherry, strawberry, baking spice, tea, cola and licorice in spades on the palate. Silky tannins and great mouthfeel. Drink over the next 1-3 years. I really enjoy this wine every time I have it. Well done!
My rating: 94 points.
Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 will be released next spring and likely cost right around $55. Highly recommended.
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