Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2017 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 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. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, iron and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Exceptionally elegant and refined. Bing cherry, strawberry, pomegranate and cherry cola on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Incredibly charming Pinot Noir. There is structure here that will reward time in the cellar. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2020 vintage of Kanzler will be released via the mailing list this Spring. The wine is fairly priced at about $60 per bottle. Highly recommended.

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