2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
While Chenoweth always delivers an evocative red-fruit expression of Pinot Noir, there is a depth and density to the 2010 bottling that makes it one of the standouts of the vintage. The nose is intense and complex, with layers of deep, ripe red fruit, spice and cocoa. On the palate, a hint of sweetness to the fine-grained tannins marries beautifully with elements of cherry, lavender, maple and cola. Overall, the cool 2010 vintage has brought additional nuance and focus to this wine—adding structure to ripeness, and definition to the flavors.
Retail Price: $58.00
- 91 Points | “Good bright red-ruby. Very pure aromas of raspberry, cherry and cocoa powder. Pungent, nicely concentrated red berry and cherry flavors suggest strong extract. A very sweet, ripe style that will no doubt become rounder and more viscous with some time in bottle, but I'd drink this one on the early side. Finishes with a broad dusting of smooth tannins. I like what the cool growing season has done for this warm site.” - Stephen Tanzer
- 97 Points
| “Today’s Featured Wine"
“There is always much talk in the wine industry about the benefit of old vines. Patz & Hall's Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir could make the case for young vines, for this relatively new vineyard was planted in 2000 by longtime viticulturist Charlie Chenoweth. Maybe what it really says is that the site of the vineyard is inherently more important than the age of the vines. This is a stunning vintage from this rapidly emerging vineyard, which may well be the best Pinot site in the entire Patz & Hall stable. While a bit high in alcohol-by-volume (it's pushing 15 percent) the 2010 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot exhibits exquisite balance and layers of ripe red fruits, with a floral nuance and notes of spice. This is one eye-popping New World Pinot that is sure to wow the most discriminating palates.” - Robert Whitley
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