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Wine Scoop: Knuttel Family Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


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91 Points, James Suckling: "Elegant and fragrant roses and wild raspberries on the nose...the palate has attractive, cassis and boysenberry flavors with a supple, long and smoothly cast finish."

Background: William Knuttel Winery is family owned and operated, creating both high quality affordable wines as well as ultra-premium single vineyard and specialty wines in Sonoma, California.

About the Wine: This Pinot Noir is blended from two vineyards. Hand-harvested clusters were gently de-stemmed, leaving whole berries intact. All lots were cold soaked for 4-5 days prior to fermentation at low inoculation rates. Extraction was gently carried out with pumpovers to maximize fruitiness, and occasional délestage enhanced the wine’s tannin profile.

Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of wild raspberry and ripe strawberry mingle with hints of pomegranate, violets, and red plum. Flavors explode on the palate, and an elegant structure and mouthfeel give way to ripe, focused tannins in the finish. The wine’s balance and fine acidity pairs with seafood and light dishes, and is hearty enough for roasted meats and more substantial fare.

More Details:
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, California
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 10 months: 35% new French oak

$16.99/bottle by the case
$19.99/bottle individually

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