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2015 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $36)

SKU #1382723 93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a blend of six sites, all of them in the lower part of the Sonoma Coast in the Petaluma Wind Gap. The power of blending fruit across several sites gives the Sonoma Coast Pinot striking interplay between riper and more savory elements. The brightness and purity of the fruit is simply striking. Even better, the 2015 is a superb value. Fruit sources are Gaps Crown, Sunchase, Parliament Hill, Griffin's Lair, Bootlegger's Hill and Castelli. (AG)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Deep saturated burgundy with a solid core of black, this 2015 is more reminiscent of the 2013 version of this wine in terms of power and concentration. While it manages to retain some of the gorgeous purity of the 2014, this 2015 is more perfumed and deeper than any other version of this wine to date. Spicy, lush and deep, this wine has tremendous grace for all of the concentration and depth that it has in spades. Long and perfumed on the finish this is a hard one to stop drinking. While warmer vintages in California can sometimes mean that the wines are too big and too ripe for their own good. When that comes to our cold coastal vineyards that we pull from for this wine, it just means that the wine is that much more complete and complex. These vineyards work in unison to create a cohesive and complete wine that has smoke elements from the Griffins Lair Vineyard, crystalline fruit from Sun Chase and density and purity from Gaps Crown. Not to mention the brilliant spice from Black Knight and the concentrated and lively fruit from Spring Hill. "


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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
Wind Gap wines have always impressed me. The pricing however has always been right on the border-line of just being a tad too expensive. Not anymore. At our current price point this is a steal! This is the wine to have a case of around the house over the holidays when you are bombarded with friends and family who maybe enjoy wine just a bit too much. This wine is very ripe and loaded with fruit yet shows plenty of freshness and lively acidity to hold it through to the finish. This is a definite crowd pleaser at a wallet pleasing price!

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
A distinctly elegant iteration of Pinot Noir that is reminiscent of old-world expressions of the varietal. Its well defined, medium bodied, and completes with a subtle grip. Sporting an incredible core of red-fruits and minerals, I'd bet this was from Beaune and priced 5x higher if I didn't know better.

Staff Image By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Kola berry, raspberry, strawberry, slight blackberry, slight blueberry, cranberry…Yes, this wine is filled to the brim with all kinds of fresh berry flavors and notes! Fresh, bright, and bold; the hallmarks for a well crafted Californian wine are in spades here. With a silky texture and a lush character, this wine is an absolute pleasure to drink. At this price, it’s an unbeatable deal for anyone who enjoys Pinot Noir!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
This will go down as one of the greatest deals in the history of K&L. This classy, top notch Pinot Noir has all of the lush dark cherry fruit that fans of the Sonoma Coast style love, married to a long, dry, extremely bright finish. This tastes expensive, and is done in a very elegant, grown up style. Normally we have a hard time getting allocations of wines like this, it is extraordinary to have one at this price. Don't miss it!
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
This is an absolute killer Sonoma Coast Pinot, especially with this low price tag!! It has that wonderful saline character you get from high quality Sonoma Coast vineyards with a lovely light body. The savory quality adds to the nice complexity with the crunchy red fruits and a hint of smokiness. This would make a wonderful wine to pair with food and great for the upcoming holiday season!!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
Well, this Pinot Noir can certainly give Burgundy a run for its money!Yes, I said it. You can either laugh or you can get a bottle or two and see it for yourself (and then you'll get a case most likely). Earthy, savory notes - check! Gorgeous bright red fruit - check! Seamless combination of silky texture and mouthwatering finish - check. You need this wine for your Coq au Vin and grilled salmon. Great, beautifully made Pinot from Sonoma, it will most definitely please your palate.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
Deal of the Year!? Almost certainly. A ludicrously low price on a Sonoma Coast Pinot from one the most celebrated winemakers in California. Don't ask how we got the price...just load up while you can and enjoy. Wind Gap's 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from some of the most iconic vineyards in the region including Gap's Crown, Griffin's Lair and Sun Chase. It's a beautifully fragrant wine with deep red fruit, sweet baking spice, bramble, clove and leaf litter. The texture is silky, medium weight with ample ripe fruit intertwined with more complex savory aspects. It slides across the palate perhaps a little too easily (if you know what I mean)...but at least the alcohol is a very modest 12.4%. Brightly fruited, elegant, pure Pinot Noir. This is what the cool Sonoma Coast appellation is all about but we very rarely get to experience that beauty without handing over a LOT more cash than this!
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2023

Additional Information:

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 (%): 12.4