Kanzler Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
Dark ruby color. Intense flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry. Wonderful nose of rose petals and spice combined with a delightful earthiness. A big, but well balanced wine with good acid and soft tannins to complement the conentrated fruit flavors. A wine that reveals layer upon layer of mouthwatering structure, depth and complexity as it lingers on the palette.
Wine Spectator - "Bold, ripe and assertive, with rich, distinctive blueberry, huckleberry and boysenberry fruit that's pure and delicious. This is tightly focused on the fruit, showing hints of mineral, sage, cola and earth on the finish. Finally the vintage in which the estate wine struts its stuff. Drink now through 2015. 348 cases made."
Kanzler Vineyards located in Sebastopol, CA specializes in growing, and producing small lots of traditionally crafted, Pinot Noir from exceptional vineyards in the cool but sunny hills of western Sonoma County in the Sonoma Coast AVA.
Kanzler Vineyards began in 1996 as the dream of Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996, in a former apple orchard, near the town of Sebastopol, Kanzler Vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir fruit, featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California.
In 2004, the Kanzlers partnered with winemaker Greg Stach, to make wine from grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. The first estate-bottled wine, Kanzler Vineyards, 2004 Sonoma Coast and 2004 Reserve Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir were released in July, 2005. That wine garnered rave reviews, receiving a 93 from Wine Spectator, virtually unheard of for a first release. The 2005 and 2006 releases were also highly rated and well received, selling out almost as soon as they were released. View all Kanzler Vineyards Wines
About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.