For the 2012 vintage, Banshee founders Noah Dorrance, Baron Ziegler and Steve Graf brought on Sonoma Coast veteran Ross Cobb to consult on the wines; they made them at Hirsch, where Cobb now works. The wines turned out to be some of their best yet. This comes from a number of noteworthy vineyards, including Cobb’s own Coastlands, as well as Rice-Spivak, Hellenthal, Emmaline and Jack Hill—a sort of California premier cru blend that captures the regional character of grapes grown amid western Sonoma’s towering coastal redwoods. Like some of Banshee’s other new releases, it’s somewhat reduced right now, though its potential is apparent in an abstract impression of structural grace and mineral tannins. Its scents are evasive, like the smell of fog in a valley of mossy conifers, a direct and transparent distillation of the Northern California coast. With two days of air it unfurls more completely, a saturated yet weightless impression of dark red fruit filling all the wine’s gaps, though the overall impression remains one of stones and moss rather than berries. Discreet and cool, it needs a few more years of age to show its best.
Vivid red. High-pitched red berry and floral scents are complicated by underbrush, rose oil and star anise. Juicy, penetrating and pure, with bright lift and cut to its red berry and bitter cherry flavors. Takes a slightly darker turn on the finish, which features slow-building tannins and lingering smoke and cherry pit qualities. This youthful Pinot benefits significantly from aeration.
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