Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2018 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.

From Kanzler, Walker Station, Mes Filles and Wine Horse Vineyards.

Crimson in color. 14.4% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Tart, crisp and vibrant. Cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Young wine that got better as the night went along. Best over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2022 vintage of Kanzler will be released via the mailing list next Spring. The wine is fairly priced at about $65 per bottle. Highly recommended.

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