2017 Kendric Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir
There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve just found your new favorite Pinot , it’s the 2017 Kendric from the Petaluma Gap! Stewart Johnson is an amazing winemaker, he started this Old World-inspired project back in 2000, and his Pinot is his flagship wine. He knows every vine in his steep, terraced 8.5 acre vineyard like it’s his own child, and he definitely knows how to get the very best out of them!
2017 was a powerful year for this wine and it shows with its deep magenta color. The nose has so much going on, especially after it opens up a bit. You get a cool mix of raspberry and pomegranate with hints of clove, potpourri, and black tea. Then the palate really digs deep with bold black cherry flavors, hints of damp earth and spice, and a rich velvety mouthfeel. And then the finish just goes on and on, I get a ton of cherry skins and sandalwood and great acidity. You’ll be stunned by how this drinks today but this is built for the long haul - this should be some special for the next 15-20 years no problem.