Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2014 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 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 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.

Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spices and forest floor. Medium to full bodied with great acidity. Rich and concentrated. Perfectly balanced. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and sarsaparilla on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Tremendous Pinot Noir year in and year out. Drink the ’14 over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2020 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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