Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

$94.95

Limited new release from Pahlmeyer's new Sonoma Coast vineyard.Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea of produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012. According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy." Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project. The Star: "The 2012 Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir has aromas of sweet cinnamon crumble and red cherries, and leads to an elegant, medium-bodied sip of juicy, ripe red cherries with a touch of spice.95 Points Antonio Galloni:  "Dark cherries, red stone fruits, menthol, flint and sweet spices all race out of the glass as the 2012 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard shows off its personality. Exotic and vibrant on the palate, the 2012 dazzles from the very first taste. The combination of sumptuous fruit and Sonoma Coast minerality is simply compelling. What a beautiful wine this is. The 2012 is power and class personified." 94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard possesses a dense ruby/plum/purple color as well as beautiful aromas of sweet blueberries, blackcurrants, and black cherries intermixed with a foresty component. With a stunning, full-bodied texture, terrific purity and length, sweet, velvety tannin and a plush finish, this hedonistic as well as intellectually satisfying, complex Pinot Noir can be consumed over the next 8-12 years."

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Ratings on Delectable

Fred Swan Delectable Pro

Very flavorful, yet balanced and pretty. Black cherry is at the fore if the expressive nose, supported by dark flowers, baking spice and orange pith. Medium to medium+ body in the mouth with fine, silky tannins and a long, lightly mouthwatering finish. Flavors are consistent with the nose, especially that core of black cherry. Drink now thru 2022+

Very flavorful, yet balanced and pretty. Black cherry is at the fore if the expressive nose, supported by dark flowers, baking spice and orange pith. Medium to medium+ body in the mouth with fine, silky tannins and a long, lightly mouthwatering finish. Flavors are consistent with the nose, especially that core of black cherry. Drink now thru 2022+

9.4

Michael Housewright Delectable Pro

Writer/Photographer Wine Enthusiast Magazine

One of the great American Pinot Noir. The nose alone was worth smelling for hours (which we did.) Bibiana is one of America's most brilliant young winemakers.

One of the great American Pinot Noir. The nose alone was worth smelling for hours (which we did.) Bibiana is one of America's most brilliant young winemakers.

9.5

Bryan Kesting

I have to say this was not my favorite. I was a little disappointed and expecting something different. On the nose I got musty closet and forest floor. Very savory even after day 2. Dusty cherries and some spice.

I have to say this was not my favorite. I was a little disappointed and expecting something different. On the nose I got musty closet and forest floor. Very savory even after day 2. Dusty cherries and some spice.

9.1

Kenta Hayashi

Deep yellow hue. Aromatic and after some time letting it breathe, citrus notes with subtle hints of exotic fruit such as pineapple and banana candy. Slight toastiness. Decent minerality, nicely textured, while heat towards the end indicated a higher alcohol level.

Deep yellow hue. Aromatic and after some time letting it breathe, citrus notes with subtle hints of exotic fruit such as pineapple and banana candy. Slight toastiness. Decent minerality, nicely textured, while heat towards the end indicated a higher alcohol level.

9.2

Kyle Volluz

If you like Pinot, you should love this.

If you like Pinot, you should love this.

8.9

Shannon McLaren

Lemon meringue pie in a glass, so yummy!

Lemon meringue pie in a glass, so yummy!

9.2

Sean Smith

2nd of 3 Wayfarer pinots poured. Oddly enough it was not poured in a Pinot glass, which I found quite odd and detracted from the taste/aroma. Still a great example of the variety, but a bit tighter than the others served. Could use some more time and perhaps a brief decanting.

2nd of 3 Wayfarer pinots poured. Oddly enough it was not poured in a Pinot glass, which I found quite odd and detracted from the taste/aroma. Still a great example of the variety, but a bit tighter than the others served. Could use some more time and perhaps a brief decanting.

9.0

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