2013 Wild Horse "Cheval Sauvage" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir SKU #1376637

$24.95

WE 93 WS 92
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K&L Notes

Founded in 1981 by Ken Volk, Wild Horse produces a range of red and white wines from popular Californian grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier. Cheval Sauvage, meaning wild horse in French, is the estate's top wine. Winery note: "In classic Cheval style, this wine is terroir driven with earthy-spicy aromas and notes of strawberry, rhubarb, and dark cherry that are pleasing to the senses. The palate opens with minerality and earth. The mid-palate is elegantly structured and balanced with flavors of bright red fruit and spice. The finish is long and soft with spicy red fruit and hints of vanilla and smoke. Sourced from two top vineyards in Santa Maria Valley: Garey and Rancho Real."

Staff Reviews

  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    9/9/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This Pinot is such an incredible value! Pressed from fruit cultivated in two of Santa Barbara County's finest vineyards for Pinot Noir, Gary's and Murmur, this wine shines in the manner of an "old school" expression of Pinot, one that might be three times the price. Upon first whiff, spice notes bloom from the glass: white and black pepper and underbrush supported by more sappy fruit aromas of ripe raspberry and black cherry. The palate is expansive and broad, but flooded with natural acidity inherent in the fruit, and finishes with soft, fine tannins.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    9/6/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    When our domestic wine buyer approached us with this wine, I was blown away by how approachable and balanced it was. Then when we were told our pricing and then the winery price of $65. What?! This is a fantastic top tier Pinot Noir from Wild Horse, a well established winery started by central coast winemaker Kenneth Volk. The Cheval Sauvage is from Wild Horse's top vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, and has a red-fruited profile, hints of earth and spice with an unbelievably elegant, silky texture. This is a killer deal you don't want to miss.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    8/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    There's a lot to love about this top bottling from Wild Horse. As one of the founding wineries of Santa Maria Valley, this release represents the very best fruit from their top two vineyards. Half the fruit comes from Garey Vineyard that sits right next to it's more famous neighbor Bien Nacido. The other half is from Rancho Real (aka Murmur Vineyard) which is quickly becoming known as one of the top sites in the region and sits next door to the iconic Soloman Hills vineyard. Selection of this wine is the creme de la creme of barrels blended as the winemaker's ultimate expression of Santa Maria Valley in a given vintage. The winery sells this top tier bottling at $65. A true expression of cool climate Pinot Noir, wild brambly fruit, dusty dark cherry, dried herbs, forest floor and truffle. The palate is wonderfully elegant and silky; the time in bottle has allowed the tannins to soften and meld into something beautiful textural and soft. Whilst the primary fruit is still shinning the wine is just hitting its stride with more complex secondary characters and subtle nuances beginning to show. This price is just crazy good. You have to taste this to believe it...but don't hesitate...this was a take-all deal...when it's gone it's gone.
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    8/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I first tasted at Wild Horse in 1988 with the founder and winemaker Ken Volk. We must have tasted 30 barrels that morning and I brought the wine in direct to K&L at that time. His passion for Pinot and the quality of his early wines solidified the reputation of the Central Coasts as a source for fine Pinot Noir. The 2013 Cheval Sauvage is a pure expression of PN and true to the Wild Horse style; never overdone or over extracted and always tasty! The wine has an expansive nose of lovely, fresh Pinot fruit, with a touch of earth and soft spice. On the palate it features a silky, elegant touch of black fruit with hints of development. The wine is in a perfect spot to drink over the holiday season and is an absolute steal at this price. Bravo Wild Horse!
    Drink from 2018 to 2022

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