2014 BALVERNE “RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY” PINOT NOIR
I always try to bring you wines that not only are classic for their varietal, but also possess palpable levels of balance, personality and other notable characteristics that make them stand out above the rest. One common thread linking many of the wines that we select at our tastings is simply experienced winemakers. Balverne is no exception… Brought to life by Michael Westrick, who’s 25 year career spans winemaking at Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Winery, where he created two Wine Spectator Top 100 wines, as well as Vice President of winemaking at Sterling Vineyards. At $24.99/btl this Pinot truly has everything that I look for in value Pinot and with the recent 92 Point review from James Suckling, don’t wait to secure a case.
Combining three Pinot Noir clones resulting in wildly complex, compelling and intriguing flavors and aromas, this beauty also spent 12 months developing in French oak. A rush of red and black fruits, Chinese tea, dried violets and cola caress your palate. With penetrating flavors, lovely balance and elegant structure, this Pinot is stunning now and should continue to drink beautifully over the next handful of years.
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From James Suckling, "A soft and silky red with dried berry and cherry character and hints of cedar. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely now but better in a year or two when the tannins resolve more." 92 Points
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