2015 WEIR VINEYARD Pinot Noir Yorkville Highlands
The Weir Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands is located on a south facing hillside of rocky gravely soils at an elevation that ranges between 850 and 1000 feet. Cool ocean air funnels up the Anderson Valley to regulate the ripening of the exceptional fruit from this vineyard.
This wine possesses that classic Weir Vineyard profile and may be one of the best representations from this winery to date. Bright aromas of Dr. Pepper, black cherry, dried ground sage, coffee, and fresh rose blossom fill the glass. Mid-weight flavors of cola, cocoa nib, and ripe red fruits coat the palette. The concentration and integration of tannin of this youthful wine truly speaks to the quality of the vintage. Exceptional now, but destined to age remarkably well.
Harvest Dates: September 15, 2015
Clones: Rochioli Pommard, 2A, and DRC
Oak: 100% French; 33% new, 33% once used and 33% older
Bottled: August 23, 2016
Cases Produced: 145
- Wine & Spirits Magazine Score: 92
Firm, spicy and powerful, this has the warm solidity of a rock face soaking up the sun. There’s plenty of fruit behind those mineral tannins, expressed for now in potent red-cherry and black olive flavors that will grow more nuanced and expressive with five years or more in the cellar.
- International Wine Report Score: 92
The Weir Vineyard is located in the Yorkville Highlands where the the Pinot Noir planted on a south facing hill which boasts rocky soils, set at 850 and 1000 feet. The 2015 Pinot Noir is another outstanding showing from the team at Spell Estate as it opens with an inviting bouquet of red raspberry, spicebox and suggestions of wild blackberry pie. The palate is round and silky, showing flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, loganberry jam and ripe strawberry. This continues to impress with its gorgeous silky tannins as the smooth mouthfeel and wonderful poise show through. This wine will cellar marvelously for a decade or more. (Best 2017-2028) – April, 2017 (OB)
- Connoisseur's Guide Score: 90
As much or more in need of patience than its siblings but a deeper and better filled wine on all counts, Spell’s Weir Vineyard Pinot is a well-extracted opus that, for all of its youthful angles and
edges, never wavers of its expression of convincing, black cherry fruit. It is moderately full-bodied and built along fairly firm lines with mildly grippy tannins showing up at the finish, but it is never austere or severe, and, while not a wine that seems conceived with hasty drinking in mind and one much in need of patience, it has what it takes to emerge from its shell in fine form once some five or six years have passed.
- Prince of Pinot - Rusty Gaffney Score: 90
150 cases, Clones are Rochioli Pommard selection, DRC selection and Wädenswil 2A. Aged in French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose entices with vibrant aromas of strawberry, black cherry and sweet grape. The glorious dark red cherry and berry fruits demand attention as do the muscular tannins. A supportive oak thread plies the background. The wine finishes with some astringency. Further time in bottle should mellow the tannins.
- The Corkscrewer Report, Johannes Marlena Score: 94
Always the prettiest wine out of the Spell lineup. In 2015 this Pinot exhibits more robust fruit than usual—as if it were tired of just being the “pretty one” and is now stepping out and showing its flamboyant side, the wine being effulgent in ripe strawberry and cherry flavors and a note of allspice. Tannins are mild and sweet, and texture is broad and silky on the palate—with almost a weightlessness to the body. And when notes of tea leaf and anise emerge, the wine strikes a note of exoticism. Best Weir yet. Give it a few years, and you’ll see that this Pinot holds up to a cru Burgundy. In plain language, that makes this Pinot a steal.