2015 NICHOLE'S BLEND Pinot Noir Sonoma County
The fruit for the 2015 Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir comes from the Morris Vineyards as well as declassified barrels our Vineyard Designated wines. From as far south as the Petaluma Gap, where the cold maritime breezes help to produce wines of excellent purity and elegance; to the East on top of Sonoma Mountain, with its volcanic soils which produces wines with structure and savoriness; to the far western edge of the Russian River Valley, which produces wines with richness and ripe dark fruit flavors. The resulting wine is an excellent example of the harmony between these distinctive regions within Sonoma County.
A deep ruby red color leads into youthful aromas of ripe raspberry, Bing cherry, nutmeg, Madagascar chocolate, and dried herbs. A complex array of flavors decorated by sappy red fruit and sassafras are tied together with bright cranberry and notes of blood orange. Velvety, silk tannins frame lingering flavors of ripe raspberry on a minerally tinged finish. Drink now, or over the next 5 to 7 years.
Harvest Dates: September 4– September 12, 2015
Vineyards: Morris, Terra de Promissio, Umino, Alder Springs
Oak: 100% French; 40% new, 30% once used and 30% older
Bottled: August 23, 2016
- The Corkscrewer Report, Johannes Marlena Score: 90
Bold but balanced, rich and rather intense, the powerful red fruit flavor gallops forward with the energy of a wild horse on the loose (14.4% ABV, fyi). Formidable tannins give the wine complexity, and, beneath it all, there’s a steady note of black Assam tea with spices. Deliciously bright strawberries and raspberries, however, win out at the end of the day—but not before one has discovered, in the glass, a California Pinot blend of unique character.
- International Wine Report Score: 91
The Pinot Noir fruit sourced from this excellent wine comes from the Morris Vineyards as well as declassified barrels their vineyard designated Pinot Noir wines. This dense colored Pinot opens with inviting aromas of cola, sassafras, red cherry preserves and baking spices. There are ripe flavors of black raspberry liquor, boysenberry pie, black cherries, black olive and mint. This possesses wonderful underlying acidity and minerality to go with the dense fruit flavors. (Best 2017-2026) – April, 2017 (OB)
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate Score: 90
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Nichole’s Blend offers some stemmy notes over a core of black cherries and black raspberries with hints of garrigue, underbrush and fertile earth. Medium to full-bodied and firmly structured on the palate, it has a good amount of ripe, expressive fruit matched by the earthiness, finishing with great persistence.
- Prince of Pinot - Rusty Gaffney Score: 88
445 cases. Sourced from Morris Vineyard and declassified barrels of Terra de Promissio, Umino and Alder Springs vineyards. Aged in French oak barrels, 40% new. Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, black current, prune and spice lead off. A charge of sappy black fruits saturates the palate and finish. The dry fruit tannins are well-proportioned. Easy to drink and like able, but lacks nuance and uplifting acidity.