Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2015 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. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, flowers and damp forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Concentration and power in spades. Perfect balance. Cherry, cranberry, baking spices and minerals on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. More earthy than I would typically expect from Kanzler but it works so well here. Absolutely stunning Pinot Noir. This will continue to age well. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 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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