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Walt Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir 2017

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep, intense garnet in color, this wine displays powerful aromatics of wild berry, wet stone, ‘sauvage’, and hints of tobacco. Select heritage clones combine to bring intensity and layered flavor to the palate. Wild blueberry, 5-spice, crushed rock, and hints of truffle combine with firm, spicy oak structure to create a dynamic and focused palate. The finish is long and delicious.

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TP 94
Tasting Panel

Opaque crimson color and aromas of black cherry; dense palate with more cherry and spice; smooth and long.

WS 93
Wine Spectator
This taut style shows a tensile, savory essence. Cast iron notes emerge midpalate, with hints of brushed metal. Dark currant and spice flavors extend on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2023.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck

From a single vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and brought up in just under 50% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch reveals a deeper plum/ruby color as well as notes of Caramelized black cherries, blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate, and earth. It's a big, rich, concentrated effort that has sweet tannins, nicely integrated acidity, and a good finish. Drink it over the coming 5-6 years.

WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: The 2017 Walt Bob's Ranch Pinot Noir offers a focused look at this grape variety. TASTING NOTES: This wine is excellent and well defined. Pair its aromas and flavors of black fruit and dusty earth with a hot and sizzling, pan-fried hanger steak. (Tasted: April 29, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

This is a highly ripe, generously bodied wine, with robust flavors of candied cherry and cola. Earthy stem and forest play around its thick, viscous core of baking spice, finishing with plenty of tannin and oak

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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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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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