Walt Wines "Blue Jay" Pinot Noir 2017 Red Wine
Walt Wines "Blue Jay" Pinot Noir 2017
Anderson Valley, CA
93 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Wonderful and complex fruit and oak flavors mingle on a broad warm texture in this full-bodied, flavor-packed and well-balanced wine. Good depth and an attractive layering of black cherry, raspberry and grilled plum make it special." - Jim Gordon
You’re probably familiar with the Napa Valley Cabernet winery “Hall”. Well, co-owner Kathryn Walt Hall branched off and created sister winery “Walt Wines”, which focuses on producing high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. She sources her grapes from Oregon all the way down to Sta. Rita Hills, only bottling single-vineyard wines from select top-end vineyards. We LOVE what she’s done with this Anderson Valley Pinot from The Corners vineyard! (By the way, “Blue Jays” are what the Anderson Valley locals call themselves, in reference to the large number of Blue Jays that live there).
FROM THE WINERY:
Vineyard location: Hillside slopes with southern exposure, cobbled clay loam soils and rock outcroppings. An exceptional appellation due to its proximity to cool, steady winds from the Pacific Ocean.
The 2017 growing season began with significant rainfall, replenishing soils and reservoirs. A summer of gradual warmth indicated a textbook growing season until unpredictable spells of extreme heat throughout September created challenges for many vineyards. This heightened the rate of ripening and flavor development in the grapes. Cooling marine air arrived just in time to bring our vineyards to ideal harvesting conditions resulting in concentrated, rich, and dense wines.
Deep purple garnet color, this wine has overflowing aromas of dried hibiscus flower and smoked paprika with hints of forest floor and mint. The palate is dense and rich, packed with flavors of sassafras, wild blueberry compote, and baking spice. This wine is a full and intense expression of Pinot Noir, perfectly balanced with toasted oak and vibrant acidity on the lengthy finish.
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Vineyard: The Corners Vineyard
Barrel Aging: 10 months in 40% New French Oak