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Walt Blue Jay Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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4.4 17 Ratings
750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine is deep garnet in color with fresh aromatics of African violet, sassafras, and smoked paprika. The palate is dense and rich, with roasted stem inclusion bringing intensity and length. Concentrated flavors of baked pomegranate, wild blueberry, and allspice bring this wine to a delicious and distinctive finish.

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JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
From the Anderson Valley in the northern part of California, the 2016 Pinot Noir Blue Jay offers a similar smoky, meaty profile as well as medium-bodied richness, light tannin, and a charming, elegant style on the palate. It has slightly more complexity than the La Brisa release but plays in the same ballpark. This cuvée spent 10 months in 45% new French oak.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pinot Noir The Corners Vineyard Blue Jay is medium ruby-purple in color and scented of black raspberries, mulberries and red plums with suggestions of dusty soil, stewed black tea and sautéed herbs. Full-bodied and laden with berry preserves and savory layers, it has a firm, chewy frame and refreshing finish.
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Walt, California
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WALT is dedicated to the production of premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Pacific Coast's most distinctive vineyard sites, spanning nearly 1000 miles and including Sta. Rita Hills, Sonoma County, Anderson Valley, and the Willamette Valley. Their philosophy is that of precision, non-interventionist winemaking, thereby allowing the wines to naturally and honestly express the character of the site where the wines are grown. Under the artisanship of Director of Winemaking Steve Leveque and Winemaker Megan Gunderson, WALT Wines will continue to evolve and develop.

Located in the heart of Sonoma, just off the historic Sonoma Plaza, WALT Wines focuses on sourcing Pinot Noir fruit from premiere appellations stretching from Oregon's Willamette Valley to the Santa Rita Hills in California to craft the finest wines possible.

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Surrounded by redwood forests and often blanketed in chilly, ocean fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. During the growing season, moist, cool, late afternoon air flows in from the Pacific Ocean along the Navarro River and over the valley's golden, oak-studded hills. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes, which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.

The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir made in a range of styles from delicate and floral to powerful and concentrated. Chardonnay also shines here, and both varieties are often utilized for the production of some of California’s best traditional method sparkling wines. The region also draws inspiration from Alsace and produces excellent Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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