RATED 93 – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Rodgers Creek Vineyard is in the Sonoma Coast AVA.
2012 was an almost perfect year for Pinot Noir and the fruit came in absolutely beautiful. We carefully choose the blocks to ferment the micro-lots to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons with hand punch downs. A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the entire aging period.
The wine is fruit forward; bright and very vibrant with a highly developed sense of place on the nose. Ripe red fruits wrapped by herbs de provence and mushroom while the palate renders a more black cherry flavor profile. The tannins are rich and integrated nicely while the acid backbone subtly drives the fruit home on the palate. A purists Pinot Noir that will age well for 12-15 years.