Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2016 Kanzler Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Bottle Notes

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.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, cola and flowers. Medium to full bodied with nice acidity. Lush and fruit forward. Black cherry, black raspberry, baking spices and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and smooth. Another fantastic Pinot Noir from Kanzler. These wines are always a delight to drink. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2019 vintage of Kanzler will be released via the mailing list next Spring. The wine is fairly priced at about $60 per bottle. Highly recommended.

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