Knez 2010 “Cerise” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley Mendocino
45.00 – GGWC 41.99
Peter Knez is a banker and
wine-o-phile turned winery and vineyard owner.
He purchased the Cerise and Demuth vineyards some years ago. The vineyard is planted to some of the best
clonal selection in the industry (Martini, Pommard, David Bruce, Wädenswil,
777, etc.). To this they add the beauty
of science. The vineyards are 100%
organic, biodynamic and sustainable. Hands-on
is the key word at Knez, where they are producing wine every bit as complex,
expressive and ageworthy as their compatriots in Burgundy.
High toned raspberry,
carnation and baking spice aromas with a fleeting scent of iron fill the nose.
Its character becomes hugely spicy and floral with air, with penetrating red
fruit taking center stage. Intense mouthfeel and depth of flavors remain
elegant, as the taste echoes the nose. This is a sappy, classically styled
Cerise with years of rewarding aging ahead.
I rarely quote
publications, but Stephen Tanzer is not a “generous” guy, so when you get a 93,
you might see a 98-99 from Wine Spectator!
points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
“Vivid red. High-pitched
aromas of redcurrant, black raspberry and potpourri, with a deeper note of
licorice adding a serious quality. Muscular but light on its feet, offering
nervy red and dark berry flavors that expand and deepen with air. A spicy nuance
carries through the very long, seductively sweet finish”