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2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Anderson Valley
Vineyard Designation
Wightman House Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 6, 2014
Sugar
24 Brix
Acid
.58 gms/100ml
pH
3.66
Aging
Aged sur lie 11 months in French Oak, 61% new
Bottling Date
August 3, 2015
Alcohol %
13.8

2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley

Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find a tiny vineyard planted to just one clone that makes any real sense any more. But each year, from the two acres at Wightman House, the tinniest of berries on mighty big clusters shows off the Martini clone like nothing else. Overall, I’m finding our 2013s to be more approachable than previous vintages, and that’s especially true here. Very aromatic, showing bright cherry and raspberry balanced with floral notes, hints of rose petal leading the way.

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If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • Five day pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • BM45 yeast
  • Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 11 months sur lie in French oak, 61% new, 1 one year old, 1 three year old
  • New French Oak Coopers: Gamba AJ & Radoux Vicard
  • Bottled 100% unfiined and unfiltered on August 3, 2015

Clone: Martini

Production: Only 5 barrels handcrafted (117 cases)

 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
~ 93 Points, 4 Stars / “This is a real blockbuster of a wine that will delight Pinot Noir lovers. Anderson Valley Pinot is typically cool and this one tops the cool scale bringing classic flavors together with rich, concentrated fruit. Serve with roasted leg of lamb or perhaps some grilled lamb sausage as this bold Pinot Noir beckons big flavors.” - Sean Ludford, BevX.com
Ratings
~ 94 Points / "Coming from a tiny vineyard of just 1.5 acres planted entirely to the Martini clone, the 2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and wonderfully floral perfume of violets and roses over a core of Bing cherries, cranberries and forest floor, plus touches of pepper and garrigue. Concentrated in the medium to full-bodied mouth, the muscular fruit is densely packed around a great structure of firm, grainy tannins with savory/earthy and mineral notes emerging on the long, long finish. Only 119 cases were produced." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Awards
~ 93 Points / “Gorgeously luxurious with deep color and fruit intensity wrapped in a subtle and soft robe of ripe tannin and lifting acidity. [Oak] adds a smoky sweetness and give a lush creamy feel, it doesn’t take away from this beautiful Pinot, this is pretty sexy stuff. Incredibly darkly hued garnet and ruby in color, the Wightman House starts with loads of blue fruit, sweet rose petal, light vanilla and walnut leading to a richly packed palate of blackberry, cherry and plum fruits along with a touch of wild mushroom, mission fig, anise, mineral, tea spices, sandalwood and a hint saline and stones. The finish is sweet and succulent, lingering with mocha, kirsch and cassis, look for lots of developing nuances to emerge over the next 3 to 5 years in bottle as this brilliant wine unveils itself more fully, this is impressive stuff...if you drink it young you’ll be seduced by opulence, and if you are patient you’ll be rewarded with complexity and glorious detail. I’d love to re-visit this Pinot in 7 to 10 years, I believe it should have a great and long drinking window, at 13.8% and with the sublime and lavish fruit, this should drink fantastic from release to 2027 easy." - Kerry Winslow, Grapelive.com
Vineyard Notes
~ 92 Points, "Outstanding" / “Lush and rich with black cherry and smooth texture; savory, ripe and juicy; long and balanced.” - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel | ~94 points / “Coming from a tiny vineyard of just 1.5 acres planted entirely to the Martini clone, the 2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and wonderfully floral perfume of violets and roses over a core of Bing cherries, cranberries and forest floor, plus touches of pepper and garrigue. Concentrated in the medium to full-bodied mouth, the muscular fruit is densely packed around a great structure of firm, grainy tannins with savory/earthy and mineral notes emerging on the long, long finish. Only 119 cases were produced.” -Robert Parker
Production Notes
~ 92 Points, "Highly Recommended" / “Rich fruit flavors and aromatic complexity make this full-bodied wine tempting and satisfying. Aromas suggest ripe, seemingly sweet cherry plus whiffs of cedar, and the flavors are expressive and layered, carried on a velvety texture that melts in the mouth.”- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast
Winemaker Notes
~ 91 Points / “Subtle, tart and lithe with notes of cherry, black pepper, red rose, dried herbs, clove and vanilla.” - Catherine Fallis MS, The Planet Grape Wine Review
Food Pairing Notes
~ “A varietal Pinot Noir with a flowery perfume (wild roses, pink petals), on-point for the ripe California style. A whiff of barrel toast adds interest. Normally I dislike spice in Pinot Noir, but here it feels integrated with the wine’s blazing raspberry and cherry flavors. The body balances levity and seriousness. Good tannins—surprising tannins! —add drying astringency, while sweet fruits saturate the finish.” - Meg Houston Maker, Maker's Table
Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.
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2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir
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2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley

Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find a tiny vineyard planted to just one clone that makes any real sense any more. But each year, from the two acres at Wightman House, the tinniest of berries on mighty big clusters shows off the Martini clone like nothing else. Overall, I’m finding our 2013s to be more approachable than previous vintages, and that’s especially true here. Very aromatic, showing bright cherry and raspberry balanced with floral notes, hints of rose petal leading the way.

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$55.00
 
SKU: 14MPWHPN7A
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If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.

Winemaking:

  • Grapes were hand picked and hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • Five day pre-fermentation cold maceration
  • BM45 yeast
  • Native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Battonage weekly for three months
  • Aged 11 months sur lie in French oak, 61% new, 1 one year old, 1 three year old
  • New French Oak Coopers: Gamba AJ & Radoux Vicard
  • Bottled 100% unfiined and unfiltered on August 3, 2015

Clone: Martini

Production: Only 5 barrels handcrafted (117 cases)

 

Vintage
2014
Sugar
24 Brix
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Acid
.58 gms/100ml
Bottling Date
August 3, 2015
Vineyard Designation
Wightman House Vineyard
Aging
Aged sur lie 11 months in French Oak, 61% new
Alcohol %
13.8
Harvest Date
September 6, 2014

Tasting Notes
~ 93 Points, 4 Stars / “This is a real blockbuster of a wine that will delight Pinot Noir lovers. Anderson Valley Pinot is typically cool and this one tops the cool scale bringing classic flavors together with rich, concentrated fruit. Serve with roasted leg of lamb or perhaps some grilled lamb sausage as this bold Pinot Noir beckons big flavors.” - Sean Ludford, BevX.com

Awards
~ 93 Points / “Gorgeously luxurious with deep color and fruit intensity wrapped in a subtle and soft robe of ripe tannin and lifting acidity. [Oak] adds a smoky sweetness and give a lush creamy feel, it doesn’t take away from this beautiful Pinot, this is pretty sexy stuff. Incredibly darkly hued garnet and ruby in color, the Wightman House starts with loads of blue fruit, sweet rose petal, light vanilla and walnut leading to a richly packed palate of blackberry, cherry and plum fruits along with a touch of wild mushroom, mission fig, anise, mineral, tea spices, sandalwood and a hint saline and stones. The finish is sweet and succulent, lingering with mocha, kirsch and cassis, look for lots of developing nuances to emerge over the next 3 to 5 years in bottle as this brilliant wine unveils itself more fully, this is impressive stuff...if you drink it young you’ll be seduced by opulence, and if you are patient you’ll be rewarded with complexity and glorious detail. I’d love to re-visit this Pinot in 7 to 10 years, I believe it should have a great and long drinking window, at 13.8% and with the sublime and lavish fruit, this should drink fantastic from release to 2027 easy." - Kerry Winslow, Grapelive.com

Vineyard Notes
~ 92 Points, "Outstanding" / “Lush and rich with black cherry and smooth texture; savory, ripe and juicy; long and balanced.” - Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel | ~94 points / “Coming from a tiny vineyard of just 1.5 acres planted entirely to the Martini clone, the 2014 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and wonderfully floral perfume of violets and roses over a core of Bing cherries, cranberries and forest floor, plus touches of pepper and garrigue. Concentrated in the medium to full-bodied mouth, the muscular fruit is densely packed around a great structure of firm, grainy tannins with savory/earthy and mineral notes emerging on the long, long finish. Only 119 cases were produced.” -Robert Parker

Production Notes
~ 92 Points, "Highly Recommended" / “Rich fruit flavors and aromatic complexity make this full-bodied wine tempting and satisfying. Aromas suggest ripe, seemingly sweet cherry plus whiffs of cedar, and the flavors are expressive and layered, carried on a velvety texture that melts in the mouth.”- Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast

Winemaker Notes
~ 91 Points / “Subtle, tart and lithe with notes of cherry, black pepper, red rose, dried herbs, clove and vanilla.” - Catherine Fallis MS, The Planet Grape Wine Review

Food Pairing Notes
~ “A varietal Pinot Noir with a flowery perfume (wild roses, pink petals), on-point for the ripe California style. A whiff of barrel toast adds interest. Normally I dislike spice in Pinot Noir, but here it feels integrated with the wine’s blazing raspberry and cherry flavors. The body balances levity and seriousness. Good tannins—surprising tannins! —add drying astringency, while sweet fruits saturate the finish.” - Meg Houston Maker, Maker's Table

Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.

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