The 2015 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard comes from a site in the Russian River Valley and saw roughly 20% stems and 17 months in 67% new French oak. It offers lots of strawberry, mint, sappy herbs, and spring flower notes as well as an elegant, seamless style on the palate. Like all these releases, it's tight and focused on the palate, with a closed, yet promising style. Hide bottles for a couple of years, and you'll be rewarded with a sexy, complex, complete Pinot Noir that will keep for a decade or more.
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard has quite a savory nose of charcuterie, sautéed Indian spices and Marmite toast with a core of raspberry pie and kirsch plus a waft of rose petals. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and very refined in the mouth, it has soft tannins and great freshness, finishing long and minerally. (LBP)
Good dark red. Aromas of dark raspberry and cola. Densely packed and thick, but with captivating inner-mouth perfume giving verve to the middle palate. Very young and unevolved; more voluminous than the '14 example but does it have that wine's impeccable balance? This deeply colored, extract-rich wine finishes with a firm tannic spine and lovely mineral lift. Even in 2015, said Mangahas, nearly 70% of this fruit came from the original 1974 planting. Williams-Selyem actually irrigated its vineyards in December of '14 due to the extremely dry conditions. Following an atypically warm January, the budbreak took place very early, at the beginning of February. After the poor weather during flowering, the rest of May and early June were cool and the growing season avoided heat spikes. (ST) 92+
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