2012 Comptche Ridge Estate Mendocino County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $47) SKU #1203638

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VN 94 ST 92
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Winery Notes: "Vines from four great clones - the coveted Swan, 115, 828, and 667 - grace this remote and beautiful landscape. Dry farmed and guided by organic principles, a small harvest comes together each year for a limited production and a rare few wines become Comptche Ridge. Taste one of these wines and you’ll soon realize, in this family there is no line between love of land and a longing to make great wines. Elevation: 857 feet above sea level Soil characteristics: Fine sandy, clay Franciscan soils Avg temperature: low 40° high 64°

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  • Robert Cash
    By: Robert Cash
    K&L Staff Member
    There is just so much going on in this bottle. The 2012 Comptche Ridge Estate Pinot Noir is an insane value! A delicate and inviting nose of red berries, cigar box, and forest floor. On the palate, it is elegantly layered and smooth, offering earth, smoke, and spice with an element of chewiness mid-palate and a super long finish. Everything is integrated seamlessly, with elegant texture. Spectacular wine for the price. Stock up because this won't last long!
    Top Value!
  • Ari Gorfain
    By: Ari Gorfain
    K&L Staff Member
    I was excited to hear that we were bringing in the 2012 Comptche Ridge Estate Pinot Noir. This remote vineyard site, longtime source of Anthill Farms' highly regarded offering with the same name, is perched on the western edge of Anderson Valley. It has always delivered Pinots with great depth and character, and the 2012 is no exception. Dark plum and cherry notes give way seamlessly to allspice and subtle hints of anise. This terroir-driven Pinot does not disappoint at this price and I don't see it staying on the shelves for very long.
  • Jeffrey Markavage
    By: Jeffrey Markavage
    K&L Staff Member
    Essentially the same juice that goes into Anthill farms is going into Comptche Ridge. Which means that you might expect to spend something in that price range. Well, think again. I’m going out on a limb to say that the Comptche 2012, '13, '14 and '15 are the best domestic Pinots under $20 that you’re going to find anywhere. Out of the four different vintages that we tried, the 2012 might have been my favorite. Between the four I think it is the least fruit forward and the most earthy/funky. There definitely isn't a shortage fruit so don’t be alarmed. I get notes of strawberry compote, crushed rose petals and savory spices. These bottles are going to fly, so watch out.


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