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2017 Wayfarer "Wayfarer Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $90)

SKU #1519203 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Based on a mix of clones, the 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard was mostly destemmed and spent 15 months in 50-60% new French oak. It reveals a bright ruby-tinged color and offers a feminine style in its notes of raspberries, flowers, rose hips, and spice. It's fine, incredibly elegant, has fine tannins, and just glides over the palate. Inner quote mark (6/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has very complex aromas of primary fruit, wild herbs, blue fruit and a spicy, meaty edge. Assertive oak meets rich fruit. The palate is impressively pure, supple and richly flavored with blueberries and cherries. Such concentrated and delicious, darker-fruited Pinot here. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard is a blend of all the parcels on the property. Pliant, supple and engaging with no hard edges, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet floral and spice notes add perfume to a core of ripe red berry fruit. This supple, mid-weight Pinot has so much to offer. Today, it is absolutely delicious, not to mention incredibly inviting. I have a feeling the 2017 has a lot still to say, so I won't be surprised if it is even better in another few years' time. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Smoky oak lies beneath thick tangy red fruit laced in high-toned acidity that takes on a quality of citrus in this bold and beautiful estate wine. Full bodied, with plenty of power, it displays remarkable grace that contrasts and complements the firm structured tannin. (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Wayfarer Vineyard is made from the 11 different clones grown on the property. Medium ruby-purple, it features crushed gravel, cranberry, sliced blueberry, rhubarb, moss-covered bark and stewed black tea leaves with hints of classy new oak. Medium-bodied, it has an intense fruit core with earthy accents, a silky, rounded texture and a soft frame of grainy tannins. It has juicy freshness and a long finish. This is a full, lush style with satisfying nuance and layering. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2021 | Send Email
This is a beautiful example of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. The fruit on this estate is grown with no expense spared and it shines through in the purity of fruit and exquisite balance. It's like a finely cut gem stone, so many glittering facets and such shimmering elegance on the palate. There's plenty of fruit and concentration here, it's all just been so highly polished and refined that result is an unfathomably soft, pure silk texture. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, dark cherry, pomegranate, exotic spices, sandalwood, clove, and hot stone. Lovely oak spice compliments the mélange of dark red fruits and earthy tones. A luxurious, satisfying Pinot Noir that manages to combine powerful fruit and elegance seamlessly. Very classy stuff.

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