2011 Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1135058 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Joseph Swan and Araujo alum Matt Taylor made this wine with grapes from outside of Forestville, in the cooler southwestern part of the valley. It’s a sumptuous Pinot Noir with a depth of raspberry, cherry, cola and mocha flavors, and earthier notes of mushrooms and oak for added complexity. Fine acidity and smooth tannins make it great to drink now and over the next 2–3 years.  (5/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and vibrant, with a tight, focused core of spicy raspberry, black cherry, cola and subtle earth and cedar notes, gaining depth and persistence. Drink now through 2021. (JL)  (9/2013)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive and attractively layered nose is comprised of dark berry liqueur, menthol and soft spice nuances. There is very good concentration to the suave and opulent large-scaled flavors that brim with dry extract before terminating in a mouth coating finish that offers fine depth and excellent persistence. This is not an especially elegant wine, indeed it's robust and muscular but for those who enjoy power pinot in a style that is not over the top, this would make a good choice. *Outstanding*  (4/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Musky cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of anise and dark chocolate. Nicely concentrated but slow to open up, offering deeply pitched bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a touch of licorice. Youthful tannins add grip to the penetrating finish, which leaves a bitter cherry pit note behind. Seems very young right now but holds promise. (ST) 90+  (6/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Youthfully energetic in its delivery of medium-depth, fairly ripe red cherry fruit that clearly says Pinot Noir in its focus, this attractive wine is medium-full to full in body and just a touch soft at the margins. It stays on the rich and open side across the palate and, its modest finishing tannins notwithstanding, it barely shows any need for further aging. *One Star*  (2/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Pinot Noir is an attractive mid-weight offering laced with dark red cherries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. Underlying veins of minerality frame the vibrant, nicely delineated finish. The 2011 is already a touch forward, so I wouldn't hang on to it too long, but it should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. The Reuling family has sold fruit to other wineries for years, most notably Mark Aubert, but this is the first wine I have tasted from their own operation. (AG)  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

"The 2011 vintage was relatively light in style for much of Sonoma County, however the favorable location and microclimate of the Reuling Vineyard enabled our Pinot Noir to develop impressive density and beautiful aromatics. Harvest took place on September 30th, prior to Fall rains, and a 12-day native yeast fermentation followed. The resulting wine has aromatics of exotic spice, blue and black fruits as well as a gentle minerality. On the palate this wine has incredible balance. It possesses a soft entry coupled with balanced acidity and has a lush, broad mid-palate with a lingering smooth finish." - Reuling Vineyards


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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2