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 Rivers-Marie. 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. Almost translucent. 14.1% ABV. Really pretty nose of red fruits, cloves and sassafras. Light and ethereal with perfect acidity. Cherries, cranberries, strawberries and baking spices on the palate. The finish is exquisite. Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir simply does not get much better. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2015 vintage of Kanzler was recently released via the mailing list at a price of $58. Highly recommended.
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