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Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This blend of the vineyard's 12 prize clones yields a wine of complexity and completeness, the culmination of a far-reachingjourney. This wine possesses a beautiful ruby color with aspects of garnet. Vibrant aromas of red cherry, strawberry andraspberry mingle with layers of crushed violet and rose petal, fresh mint and forest floor. New French oak adds even greatercomplexity with hints of vanilla bean and toasted bread. The entry of the wine is supple and generous, and balances with itsfirm structure. A harmonious blend of the site's diverse clones, a panoply of red fruits unfurls on the palate with an emergenceof cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry, framed by silky tannins and lifted by bright acidity and mineral undertones. Thisis a restrained, concentrated wine that opens magically with each sip. The complexity of floral notes and wild red berrieslingers on the palate with a lasting finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard has an understated earthy/meaty nose over a core of dried mulberries and kirsch plus a waft of potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, there is a generous amount of savory and red berry preserves flesh filling the palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with a bit of spiciness coming through.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast

An estate blend of 12 different clones, this dark ruby wine is bristling in acidity and swirling in flavors of strawberry, cherry and wild fennel. Well integrated and concentrated, it offers a fully balanced, elegant expression of the site. It provides a perfect introduction to the winery's lineup of site-specific Pinots. Start here and delve deeper; this wine is both a preview of and statement of more to come.

Editors' Choice

JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck

The 2012 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard shows the most oak, yet has gorgeous purity of fruit and ample concentration. Framboise, caramelized cherries, and strawberries notes give way to a fresh, elegant, yet concentrated Pinot Noir that has tons of mid-palate depth and a rounded, delicious texture. Like all the 2012s, it’s a riper, more exuberant, and hedonistic wine and is going to deliver the goods through at least 2024.

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Offering aromas of cedar, graphite, stem and dried berry, this is very compact, dense and chewy, slowly unfolding on the finish and revealing a more supple, graceful texture. 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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