Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

$89.99

96 points - new release                                   Limited new release from Pahlmeyer's new Sonoma Coast vineyard. 91 Points Robert Parker:  "Medium ruby colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard has nose of raspberry preserves, red plum compote and underbrush with touches of crushed stones, iron ore, dusty earth and smoked meat. The medium-bodied palate is tautly structured with firm, chewy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the delicate red fruit and earthy layers, finishing long.... ...One of the most impressive vineyard visits I’ve made this year was to the Wayfarer Vineyard in Sonoma Coast’s relatively newly formed Fort Ross-Seaview AVA (established in 2011). I cannot say that I’ve seen a happier looking vineyard in a long time, and by “happy” I refer to the immaculately trimmed, healthy, vivid green vines supporting well-balanced canopies and crop loads. And what a site! Apart from being incredibly remote, down a long, winding mountain road paved by gorgeous old redwoods and leading away from the Pacific Ocean, it’s perched fairly high in the mountains at about 1,100 feet. So, altitude and proximity to the ocean both have a cooling influence, which can be felt when you drive up from the warmer Sonoma plains. But don’t let the cool air fool you—this mountaintop vineyard is a real sun trap!" Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea to 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.

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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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