2014 JOSEPH JEWELL STARSCAPE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR
Are single-vineyard wines better than blends of multiple vineyards? I could honestly argue both sides of this question, but the fact is, the best wines from the Old World, including Grand Cru Burgundy, come from single vineyards. It’s a mark of quality, and many would say that wines from a single site can better showcase the individual terroir and unique distinctions. I recently tasted a single-vineyard Pinot from JOSEPH JEWELL, the same winery that produced our #3 wine of 2018. This Pinot arose from the Starscape Vineyard, formerly named Floodgate and made famous by Gary Farrell. The vineyard neighbors iconic vineyards Kistler and Ritchie… Special topography creates a perfect pathway for the coastal fog to funnel into the vineyard, resulting in remarkable Pinot Noir fruit.
The 2014 has stunning detail, balance and persistence, with the spectrum of fruit leaning towards focused blueberry, mulberry and wild plum. Kept for around a year in Francois Freres, Ermitage and Rousseau barrels, the 2014 has blossomed over the last 3 years in the bottle… This portrays everything that I look for in a cool climate, single vineyard Pinot…
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