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2016 Black Kite "Kite's Rest Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $50) SKU #1485360

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WE 94 VN 92 CG 91
JD 91
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    7/23/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    OK, granted we've had some pretty epic Pinot Noir offers in the past few months but this deal is just ridiculous! We worked direct with the winery here to secure a parcel of this single vineyard, flagship wine at a massive discount! Black Kite Cellars are known for small lots of Pinot Noir from some of the state's best Pinot Noir vineyards. This bottling comes from their own home block, Kite's Rest Vineyard, surround by Coastal Redwoods, in the cool, northwestern end of Anderson Valley. This wine combines three clones of Pinot Noir from three distinct single blocks into a deep, complex and layered wine. It leads with powerful aromas of liquored cherry and black raspberry melded with toasted woodsy spices and bramble leaf. Quite full bodied and intense with a rich texture and lots of ripe berry flavors, sassafras and subtle vanilla. The weight and length on the palate is underscored by complex notes of warm earth and dry leaf litter. Big, powerful, Pinot Noir for sure but still plenty of Anderson Valley character woven throughout the generous fruit core. Our price is less than half of the wine's original retail price! That combined with the big scores mean this will probably move fast. Fans of Kosta Browne, Rochioli, Paul Hobbs, Martinelli etc, should check this out ASAP.
  • Adam Winkel
    By: Adam Winkel
    7/14/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Rooty tooty, flesh and booty. This voluptuous style of Pinot Noir is more common from Sonoma and usually not what I gravitate to, but this bottle is really successful. In fact, I'm all over it. This is made from some ripe and healthy grapes that retain a quality of crunchy red fruit that you'd have a hard time finding from other regions. Anderson Valley terroir is also present here with the suggestion of coastal forest floor and layered spice that can't be entirely attributed to oak. Pristine clarity and fine, polished tannins too. This has the quality and expression to evolve, but it drinks so well now that you might not want to sacrifice that beautiful fruit. Try one and decide for yourself. These grapes are worth a lot more than $25 either way. Va va va voom.
    Top Value!

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