Robert Parker: Spell 2013 Pinot Noir Reviews
eRobertParker.com #223; Mar 2016 Robert M. Parker, Jr.
2013 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard
The 2013 Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast is a slightly more evolved garnet/ruby color, with more forest floor, spice box and baking spices, plenty of earth, plum and cherry fruit, a slightly deeper texture, more savory richness, and a longer finish. This is an impressive Pinot to drink over the next 5-7 years.
Drink: 2016 – 2023
2013 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Umino Vineyard
Lastly, the 2013 Pinot Noir Umino Vineyard (a Russian River site) displays a dark ruby color, rich plum and black cherry fruit, with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a velvety, lush, texture. To me, this is clearly the best of all these Pinots from Spell, a full-bodied, lavishly constructed and plush wine that should drink well for 7-8 years.
Drink: 2016 – 2024
2013 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Nichole’s Blend
The 2014 Pinot Noir Nichole’s Blend has a deep ruby color, attractive red and black cherry fruit, medium body, and a solid finish. It is not terribly complex, but pleasant and mouthfilling. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
Drink: 2016 – 2023
2013 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard
The 2014 Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard comes from a site in Yorkville Highlands made famous by Williams Selyem. Medium ruby-colored, it displays tart, angular acid along with some plum, baking spices, and sweet and sour cherries. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Drink: 2016 – 2022
2013 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard
From a Mendocino site that is highly regarded by most winemakers, the 2013 Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard has a deep ruby color, some raspberry and blueberry fruit, medium body, but relatively modest concentration and a decent finish.