Wayfarer Golden Mean Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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Wayfarer Golden Mean Pinot Noir 2012

  • WE96
  • RP95
  • JD95
  • WS92
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine possesses an intense dark ruby color. The complex nose reveals violets, blackberries and strawberries with freshHerbes de Provence and a hint of anise followed by an intriguing cigar box and forest floor character. The wine exudes aunique freshness reminiscent of the Sonoma Coast air infused with the fragrance of pine trees. The Pommard clone's depthand power is undeniable while the Swan clone's finesse slowly advances to the forefront, unveiling seductive floral and spicynotes. Tannins are supple and dense with a texture that expands in the mid-palate, lingering for many seconds with aromasof violets and red berries. The synergy between these two clones is extraordinarily captivating and symphonious.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast

Crafted from estate-grown fruit—a marriage of Pommard and Swan clones—Golden Mean comes from three distinct vineyard blocks, the Pommard fermented whole-cluster. It opens with dark, ripe layers of lush cherry-vanilla, the wine concentrated and rich in oak yet balanced in acidity. On the finish is a mix of leather, licorice and wild herb. Tuck it away through 2020–2022. 

Cellar Selection

RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Golden Mean is made exclusively from Pommard and Swan clones. Medium ruby colored, the 2012 Pinot Noir Golden Mean has a savory nose of charcuterie and Marmite toast with a core of dried cranberries, potpourri, spice box and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a beautiful earthy/savory character with lovely, fine-grained tannins and a good long finish.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck

Brought up in barrels with slightly higher toast levels, the 250-case 2012 Pinot Noir Golden Mean offers a ripe, hedonistic style in its blackberry, melted licorice, roasted herb and forest floor bouquet. Ripe, opulent and layered on the palate, with tons of mid-palate depth and a broad, expansive texture, it’s not for those craving cooler-climate, green, tart aromas and flavors. This sexy beast has the concentration and balance to keep for another 10-15 years.

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Fresh, pure, vivid aromas of ripe plum, raspberry and blackberry give this a complex flavor profile, framed by acidity and tannins. Gains length, finesse and grace on a long finish, punctuated by grainy tannins. Drink now through 2022.
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Wayfarer, California
Wayfarer was founded as a secluded farmstead more than 40 years ago, before its locale was defined as the now coveted Fort Ross Seaview AVA. In 1989, Jayson Pahlmeyer's winemaker, Helen Turley, discovered the site for sale down the road from her Marcassin vineyard. She introduced Pahlmeyer, declaring it destined to become "the La Tache of California."

In tandem with his daughter Cleo and renowned winemaker Bibiana Gonzales Rave, Pahlmeyer drives to make intricate wines of transcendence, answering to powerful, ever-unpredictable climate that rewards only the most observant and meticulous. It is an endeavor of true passion, an experiment that pushes the exactitude of winegrowing and winemaking to the farthest limits.

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On the far western edge of the larger Sonoma Coast appellation, the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA hugs right up against the Pacific coast. Vineyards, planted at rugged elevations between 920 to 1,800 feet, occupy only two percent of the total land in the AVA. Fort Ross-Seaview growers believe that the region boasts an ideal mix of sunshine, cool air and beneficial stress for producing high quality Chardonnay and Pinot noir.

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BTO134428_2012 Item# 134428

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