2009 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
*One Star* There will be those who make the inevitable "Syrah in Pinot Noir clothing" comments about this wine, and they will be missing the essential truth that Syrah cannot produce this kind of rich, supple and succulent wine. To be sure, ripeness is barely controlled here, but because it sufficiently tamed, the aromas are as fruity as they are concentrated, and the wine's fleshy feel at entry is again well met by fruit. Pair the wine up with short ribs of beef or a rich pot au feu for a real taste treat.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(all declassified fruit from Patz & Hall's single-vineyard sites): Bright, deep red. Bright aromas of raspberry, cherry, flowers and spices. Sweet, lush and flavorful; a red fruit bomb framed and enlivened by pepper and spice nuances, plus a whiff of flowers. At once dense and fruity. Should be a real crowd-pleaser. Very strong for an entry-level pinot.
This fresh, vibrant red offers ripe blackberry, wild raspberry, sage and black licorice notes. This is full-bodied, spicy and firming, with the flavors gaining depth on the finish, where the tannins are rustic. Drink now through 2018.
By focusing exclusively on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Patz & Hall has become one of the stand out names among California wineries intent on stealing a bit of Burgundy's thunder. This new release exhibits aromas of strawberry, cherry, cranberry and Kirsch that are echoed on the palate alongside notes of Asian spice. The tannins are broad and muscular, adding mouthcoating richness and vibrant intensity. Lush and compelling now, but with a depth and structure that bodes well for extended aging.