2015 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $36) SKU #1382723

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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. "

Staff Reviews

  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    10/17/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    10/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Miles Philippe
    By: Miles Philippe
    10/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    10/11/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    10/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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!!
  • Lilia McIntosh
    By: Lilia McIntosh
    10/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    10/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    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

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