2012 Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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2012 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD Sonoma Coast

2012 TERRA DE PROMISSIO VINEYARD Sonoma Coast

Description

The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Diana‰’s parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

The Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir is dark violet in color and has aromas of cherry, strawberry, oats, all spice, anise, sassafras add to a brooding quality in the glass. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate hinting towards darker fruit and forest duff sweep across the palate.  Balanced by smooth tannins and perfect acidity flavors of black cherry and bitter chocolate seem to linger for eternity. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 25% once used and 35% older.
Clones: Dijon 115
Harvest Dates: October 11, 2012
Bottled: August 8, 2013
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 148

Reviews
  • Meritdeth May, Tasting Panel Magazine Score: 95

    Seriously Smitten – The fruit for this tiny-production Pinot is grown east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in the Petaluma Gap, buffeted by cold maritime winds. The elegant red is savory-spicy with aromas of green brush, but softened on the palate with cherry wood. In fact, the wine’s perfume can cast a spell and cause you to believe you are lost in the woods. Nudged by cocoa powder, nutmeg and rose petals bitters on the finish, you awake from the reverie and continue to sip.

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Report Score: 91

    Vivid ruby. Pungent, mineral-tinged dark berry and cherry-cola scents are deepened by suggestions of mocha and black cardamom. Sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors expand with air and pick up suggestions of smoke and allspice. The spice and cola qualities carry through a clinging finish firmed by youthfully chewy tannins. This wine has a fairly high pH of 3.69 but I don’t detect any undue or unwelcome weight. (JR)

  • Joe d'Angelo, International Wine Report Score: 91

    The 2012 Terra de Promissio Vineyard is a ripe, plush offering, made from Dijon 115 clones. This instantly opens with aromas of cherries and plum woven together with sweet spices, floral and a piney character. This possesses a wonderful plush texture with a wonderful touch of underlying acidity as it heads into the soft, round finish. Look to drink this over the next few years as it continues to gain some complexity. (Best 2015-2022) – June, 2015 (JD)

  • Prince of Pinot Score: 90

    Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Very appealing nose with highly aromatic raspberry coulis scent. Beguiling middleweight flavors of fresh, dark cherries and raspberries, enveloped in submerged tannins, finishing long and generous with zippy acidity. Highly satisfying and easy to drink now.

  • Wine Spectator Score: 88

    Intense, with a rich, gutsy core of raspberry and blackberry. Firmly tannic, showing a mix of extracted berry and light cedary oak. Should improve with time. Best from 2015 through 2022. 148 cases made. –JL

  • Affairs of the Vine - Pinot Noir Shootout Gold Medal

    Female: Medium ruby in color with a clear rim. Light cedar notes, cinnamon, red and black plum on the nose. Bright plum and cherry entry. Cherry with lovely earthy notes on the palate with violet, vanilla and graham cracker accents on the palate with a smooth but intense finish. 90
    Male: Blood red in color. Cherries and a touch of sweetness on the rich opening with tangy fruit mid-palate. Nicely balanced with a long linear finish. 87

Techsheet
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The Terra de Promissio Vineyard is owned and managed by Charles and Diana Karren with the help of Diana‰’s parents it is a true family operation. Planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 777 and 115 it is located east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in what is unofficially referred to as the Petaluma Gap of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Buffeted by cold maritime winds the fruit ripens slowly and produces wines of exceptional elegance and purity.

The Spell Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir is dark violet in color and has aromas of cherry, strawberry, oats, all spice, anise, sassafras add to a brooding quality in the glass. Flavors of cranberry and pomegranate hinting towards darker fruit and forest duff sweep across the palate.  Balanced by smooth tannins and perfect acidity flavors of black cherry and bitter chocolate seem to linger for eternity. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 25% once used and 35% older.
Clones: Dijon 115
Harvest Dates: October 11, 2012
Bottled: August 8, 2013
Alc: 14.3%
Cases Produced: 148

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