2018 Red Car 'Estate' Pinot Noir Fort Ross-Seaview

$74.95

We are proud that the Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir has become our benchmark wine, offering the ideal synthesis of grace, concentration, balance and flavor. First planted in 2005 to multiple suitcase selections and Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, the 2018 vintage from this site displays a level of intensity that is attributed to the maturing of these vines, as well as the favorable growing conditions. The well-drained Ohlson Ranch sandstone soils naturally limit vigor while the cool sunshine, moderated by the fog covered Pacific Ocean, maintains balanced ripening throughout the growing season. The bright acidity with beautifully integrated, soft and mature tannins provide the perfect balance to the red fruit tones that lift right out of the glass. Taste: Pomegranate, wild raspberry, crushed rose petal

Varietal:
Pinot Noir
Winemaker:
Tanner Scheer
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
11 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 13% New, 87% Neutral
Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Sub-Appellation:
Fort Ross-Seaview
Vineyard:
Estate
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol %:
13.4%
Score Wine Enthusiast:
94
Score Wine Spectator:
90
Score Vinous:
95
SKU #:
1050767
Size:
750 ml Bottle
VN95

Vinous

The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that captures all the energy and savory intensity typical of this coastal site. Crushed flowers, savory herbs, licorice, dried cherry, mint and sage infuse the 2018 with lovely aromatic complexity to match its medium-weight personality. A touch (9%) of stems adds character without overpowering the wine. The Estate is one of the finer wines I have tasted from Red Car. In a word: terrific.

WE94

Wine Enthusiast

A light, delicate and ultimately fresh red wine from an estate site in the cool-climate appellation, this wine brims in acidity and mineral elements of oyster shell and crushed rock. Strawberry, pomegranate and a bite of tangerine combine with ease across a taut, complex palate of great length. 

WS90

Wine Spectator

This zesty version offers effusive crushed red fruit and spice flavors that show white pepper hints, followed by crisp minerality on the lively, open-textured finish. Drink now through 2023. 420 cases made.