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 Landmark. 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.
Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spice and sassafras. Impeccable balance and acidity. Rich and lush. Deep flavors of black cherry, anise, cola, rhubarb and mushrooms on the palate. There is a touch of greeness that I can’t quite put my finger on that comes through on the palate. Fresh green beans? It’s not distracting though and actually adds to this wines appeal. The finish is tremendous. Kanzler vineyard never disappoints. Drink over the next 1-3 years.
My rating: 93 points.
Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was just released at a price of $52. Highly recommended.
In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.
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