Parker: Impressive Burgundian-Style Pinot Noir
Hot off the press: you heard it here first before the October publication date, Wine Enthusiast just awarded a glowing 94-point review of today’s riveting 2012 Fort Ross Pinot Noir. Winemaker Jeff Pisoni’s single vineyard Pinot, from the outstanding 2012 vintage, had already earned 93 points from Robert Parker for its “terrific fruit,” “medium to full body, and a long finish,” suggesting “this is a beauty to drink over the next decade. In the Sonoma Coast’s prized Fort Ross-Seaview AVA — crowded with heavyweights like Peter Michael, Martinelli, Pahlmeyer, Hirsch, and Nobles — Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery is a standout sensation. Parker has raved of their, “Impressive Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs that merit serious attention. These are all impressive wines sold at extremely fair prices.” To Parker’s point, this is “extremely fair” at $52 from the winery, however, we’ve got it at $36 a bottle — the lowest price in the USA. Don’t miss out.
What lured Jeff Pisoni to Fort Ross is the same thing that continues to beguile everyone from Robert Parker to the San Francisco Chronicle, which has hailed Fort Ross wines as “showstopper” Pinots. Location, location, location.
Perched on steep mountain ridges — up to 1,800 feet in elevation, and less than a mile inland from the Sonoma Coast’s roaring cerulean waves — as close as a California vineyard comes to the pounding Pacific. Coastal fog shrouds vines in the morning, and brisk marine winds cool and cleanse them in the afternoon as bright sunshine helps coax the Pinot Noir grapes into ripening to perfection.
It’s conditions like this that have helped shape the 100-pointers from Peter Michael and stunners from other Fort Ross-Seaview heavyweights such as Pahlmeyer, Martinelli, Hirsch, and Nobles Vineyard. And 2012 gave birth to perhaps the finest wines to date in the cool, extreme coastal region.