Anne Moller-Racke has been on quite a roll. If you’re a coastal Pinot Noir collector with a penchant for dropping $1,000 per case, you know all about Moller-Racke’s touch with the world’s most elegant variety. For three consecutive vintages beginning in 2007, Wine Spectator dropped 96-point reviews on the brilliant German-born winegrower’s high-scoring Pinots.
During that same three-year span, Moller-Racke’s Robert Stemmler Pinot Noirs proved equally compelling for bargain-hunters. “I think of the estate Pinot Noirs as my Grand Crus,” Anne told us. “The Robert Stemmler Pinots are my villages.”
True to form, in most vintages the Robert Stemmler Pinot Noirs tend to be sweet, juicy, and forward, designed for early drinking. But in the phenomenally dry 2012 growing season, Anne crafted an absolute powerhouse that stands shoulder to shoulder with the high-flying Grand Crus.
The 2012 growing season won’t soon be forgotten in either the Napa or Sonoma valleys. The set was unusually large, a welcome change from the tiny-yield vintages of 2010 and 2011. Barely a drop of rain fell during the spring and summer months, but thankfully daytime highs rarely crept above the low 80s. Nights were cool, particularly in August and September. That dramatic diurnal temperature shift gave birth to a sizable crop of small-berry clusters, absent any sign of shrivel or desiccation. It was a miracle harvest at Moller-Racke’s Carneros stronghold, making for one of the finest Pinot Noirs ever to come off this superb vineyard.
The 2012 Robert Stemmler Winery Pinot Noir Estate Grown Carneros is deep, dark ruby in color. Big, broad, and bold aromatically, infused with luscious aromas of black raspberry and black cherry. Wildly opulent, juicy, and weighty, yet perfectly light on its feet. Like all the top 2012 Pinot Noirs, this is a powerhouse, filled with crushed red- and black-fruit preserves, finishing with excellent vibrancy and persistence. Drink now for its primary-fruit hedonism or lay down until 2020.
$45 on release. At $24 today, this is like STEALING. The last 600 bottles of the WineAccess allocation are now up for grabs. Shipping included on 4.
IF YOU ENJOY A PINOT WITH A BIT MORE BODY THIS IS A GREAT WINE TO TRY. We love the way the wine grips you with a nice well rounded finish. Try with lamb chops or roast pork and you'll thank us for the review.
Exceptional! Best pinot noir I have enjoyed in years.
Delicious big fruit on the front side nice slide to the finish. A well crafted Pinot.
My favorite to date. Highly recommend!
A very good Pinot Noir. Rich dark cherry flavor. Easy to drink.
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