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.
Light red in color. 14.4% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, baking spices, minerals and forest floor. Medium body with great acidity. So plush and silky on the palate. Flavors of black cherry, raspberry, cranberry and mushrooms. The finish is perfection. The lush, hedonistic Pinot Noir fruit here epitomizes Kanzler Vineyard. So much to like about this wine from a jewel of a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 94 points.
The 2017 vintage of Kanzler will be released via the mailing list this Spring. The wine is fairly priced at about $60 per bottle. Highly recommended.