Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2012 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, 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.

Ruby red in color. 14.6% ABV. Beautiful nose of red fruits, cloves and baking spices. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Loaded with fruit. Well balanced. Black cherries, cranberries, nutmeg and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. I think these wines are best 5-7 years from vintage when everything seems to come together. Delicious Pinot Noir. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

The 2016 vintage of Kanzler was recently released via the mailing list at a price of $58. Highly recommended.

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