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KANZLER

Sebastopol, CA USA

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  • 2018 Kanzler Vineyard Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley / Kanzler Estate Vineyard
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    The aromatics leap from the glass: warm blueberry compote, cool menthol, sous bois, and even a bit of milk chocolate. On the palate the wine takes on a gamey, woodsy note that mingles with a dollop of red currant anchoring the mid-palate. The wine is dense and rich with ample tannin, especially on the extremely long finish, where tannin locks down flavors of pithy citrus skin, leather, black tea, caramel-laced oak, and a red berry flourish. Like 2006 and 2012—also long and mild growing seasons—it will take a while to fully come into itself, but be exceptionally long-lived in the bottle. No fruit on our estate vineyard is predestined for or precluded from the Estate Reserve bottling. The only requirement is that we grow it ourselves on our 15-acre farm in west Sebastopol. The Estate Reserve is a barrel selection program that attempts to capture the time, place, and unique feel of each vintage. The 2018 Estate Reserve is a blend of nearly equal parts Pommard clone (43%) and 115 Clone (41%). 667 clone played more of an accent role at 16% to finalize the blend. Whole-cluster fermentation totals 11% of the overall blend. This wine is unfined and unfiltered.
    Suggested Retail Price: $88
  • 2019 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley / Kanzler Estate Vineyard, Walker Station Vineyard, Mes Filles Vineyard, Wind Horse Vineyard
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    The 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is opulent and rich while still displaying great freshness. The classic silky Pinot texture is more chocolate mousse than heavy whipping cream, and the tannins show enough grip to hold and frame the wine without being bitter or obtrusive. The high percentage of once-used barrels imparts a subtle oak characteristic that enhances and compliments the fruit and spice character. After opening for several hours, exotic sweet-spice notes reminiscent of liquors in the Vin Santo or Fernet range begin to appear, further enhancing the intrigue and complexity of this Pinot Noir. Kanzler Vineyards uses 100% French Oak. The 2018 Pinot Noir was barrel aged for 14 months on lees, with 13% new oak, before being blended to stainless steel tanks for an additional month of integration before bottling. The finished wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
    Suggested Retail Price: $60
  • 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley
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    The 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir practically leaps out of the glass with aromas of fresh strawberry, raspberry and earthy notes of tobacco and green tea. On the palate, it opens with boysenberry and blueberry fruit balanced seamlessly with well integrated French oak, contributing youthful, grippy but smooth and pleasing tannins. A burst of vivid black tea, Bing cherry, leather, cocoa and sweet oak explodes in the mid-palate and continues through to a long and lingering finish. is a generous, fruit forward wine with a surprisingly deep reserve of vivid and complex flavors. Whole cluster fermentation adds spicy and earthy undertones and grippy, age-worthy tannin. The structure and texture make this an excellent food wine. Winter 2014 marked the third consecutive year of drought in California, but unlike 2012 and 2013, which at least saw cold temperatures, 2014 was both dry and warm. These conditions lead to an unusually early bud-break and fears of frost damage. Luckily frost season was uneventful, and the vines were unscathed despite the early start. Summer saw moderate heat waves, spelled by typically cool and foggy mornings. The early bud break had us picking grapes two weeks earlier than usual. In sum, 2014 was an excellent vintage with consistent weather and extended picking windows. The precision of the finished wines showcases the friendly growing conditions.
    Suggested Retail Price: $85

Description

Winemaker Alex Kanzler produces just 2,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the western hills of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. The renowned 14-acre Kanzler Vineyard was one of the first planted in the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood. Here, deeply stirring flavors come from an interplay of Goldridge soil, Pacific Ocean fog, warm light, and coastal wind. Wines are handmade by Alex, and he applies organic farming practices at the estate vineyard, including the avoidance of synthetic herbicides. His wife Breauna Kanzler allocates bottles via the mailing list during Fall and Spring offerings. She also hosts private tastings for overnight guests of the estate vacation house. KANZLER can be found in restaurants such as Boulevard in San Francisco, Valette in Healdsburg, and Tamarind Tribeca in New York. The vineyard’s sought-after grapes have also been featured in vineyard designate wines by other top producers such as Kosta Browne, Lynmar, and Arista; the vineyard is the source of over 60 wines rated 90 to 98 points by Wine Spectator. Kanzler was founded in 1996 by the winemaker’s parents, Stephen and Lynda Kanzler.

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