2013 Forêt Pinot Noir
Our fascination with the great red Burgundies comes from the singular aromatics and complexities that are born in unique vineyards but a few kilometers apart. It is why we undertook the challenge and risk to focus on each specific clone of Pinot Noir that is best in harmony with each vineyard site – our Single Vineyard, Single Clone, and Single Cooperage wines – MonoClone®.
Forêt comes from a magnificent secluded vineyard near Occidental. The hillside vineyard has a northeastern exposure, a very steep slope, and is in the middle of a spectacular redwood forest. Just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the western coastal range, is perhaps the most visually stunning vineyard which we are entrusted – the depth of aromatics and spice in Forêt is a pure reflection of this truly unique vineyard’s site, slope, climate, and clone.
Le Regard / The Look
Intense Ruby crimson gem clarity, great luminosity and structure.
Le Nez / The Nose
Seductive aromas of dried rose petal, violets, jasmine flowers, wild cherries, and exotic spices. As the wine evolves in the glass or decanter, the aromatics become more focused and herbal, with dark cherry and plum compote aromatics spiked with thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon, superbly elegant and powerful, adding bitter chocolate, rosemary, and redwood needles.
Degustation / The Taste
The front palate delivers a superb concentration of dark and red cherry compote spiked with bitter caramel and herbal tones. The mid palate’s texture is full body, round and silky with vigor to accent beautifully perfumed fruit. As the wine opens up, the dark fruit aromas intensify with earthy scents (oh, Romanée St Vivant here you come), musty sous-bois (forest floor), mushrooms, thyme, black pepper, accented by toasted sourdough bread. The tannins show an excellent grip harmonized by velvety fruit and stem ripeness. The finish is long, sensuous and elegant, crafting a wine of impeccable complexity, weight, and character. Forêt…believing in the Quest.
Forêt...believing in the Quest.
13.7% alc. 123 cases