Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

$89.99

94 points - new release                                   Limited new release from Pahlmeyer's new Sonoma Coast vineyard. 96 Points Robert Parker:  "Sadly, because Pinot Noir yields were down by around 60% in 2015, no Golden Mean, Mother Rock or Paige’s Ridge were made this year. The good news is that all that superlative fruit went into this “straight” Pinot Noir label. Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard delivers pronounced crushed black cherry, black raspberry and red currant notes with touches of forest floor, tea bark, rose hip tea, cracked pepper and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate is superbly poised and intensely flavored, with a firm backbone of very fine, ripe tannins and great freshness supporting the generous red and black berry notes, finishing with lingering earth and savory nuances. Wow! 875 cases were made.... ...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

Billy L.

1 Hr. Decant, Big wine, lot’s of dark black cherry fruit. Paired well with my honey

1 Hr. Decant, Big wine, lot’s of dark black cherry fruit. Paired well with my honey

9.4

Paul K

She’s a beaut Clark.

She’s a beaut Clark.

9.4

Paul K

I may be underrating this at 95 because of my lack of experience with pinots. This is delicate throughout. Tart cherry, raspberry, hint of anise, and smooth vanilla. We are loving this wine!

I may be underrating this at 95 because of my lack of experience with pinots. This is delicate throughout. Tart cherry, raspberry, hint of anise, and smooth vanilla. We are loving this wine!

9.5

Doug Sayed

2015 vintage. An extraordinary wine of great complexity and finesse, with saline blue fruits an abundance of very fine tannins and an ethereal finish. Wow!

2015 vintage. An extraordinary wine of great complexity and finesse, with saline blue fruits an abundance of very fine tannins and an ethereal finish. Wow!

9.7

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