Sunce Winery & Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2017, Zora’s Vineyard – Clone 777, Olivet Road Reserve, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Tasting Note: A pinot noir with a fulsome midpalate bursting with red fruit.
Medium-intensity ruby in color with garnet around the edges, this wine has an aromatic, medium-plus-intensity nose or red plum, raspberry, rose petal, red cherry and strawberry with hints of vanilla baking spice and dried cranberry.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied pinot noir has medium-plus-intensity, red-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and slightly-grippy, medium-plus tannin.
The wine has a complex midpalate that can still benefit from further age.
A fine pinot noir.
Bottle Note: Sunce is a family winery located in the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma County – specializing in small artisan lots of vineyard designated varietal wine and classic blends. Zora’s coveted vineyard was planted in the spring of 2001 with a spacing of 6’ by 4’. This half of the vineyard was planted in Dijon Clone 777, and its offspring boasts a medley of fresh herbs and rose petals on the nose. A silky finesse filled elegance ensues on the mid-palate revealing bright cherries and rhubarb balanced with earth notes. The finish is the best part. You’ll still be sniffing the glass when it’s gone. Pair with mushroom risotto, lobster ravioli, coq au vin, roast pork with a cranberry glaze, lamb stew, duck curry, or any gourmet burger. Only 6 barrels made.
Tasting Date: October 5, 2022