2014 Renaissance Pinot Noir
2014 RENAISSANCE Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Scintillating amethyst gemstone in the glass, very deep, highlighting the structure and pure concentration of the wine. The nose is deeply earthy at first, layered with pure aromas of anise, cassis, vanilla and black tea must. As the wine opens up, the beautiful bouquet emanates from the glass in a glorious blend of dark fruit compote (plums, cherries, and blackberries), grilled meat, cocoa nibs, and herbal tones. As for all things Pinot Noir, there is a Paradox: Remarkably, the upfront fruit palate is brighter than the nose tends to believe, with a focus on red fruits, raspberries, boysenberries, strawberry rhubarb compote, beautifully interlaced with sage and bay leaves herb notes that comes from the whole cluster press. Renaissance possesses great energy and verve at the onset, and delivers a mouthful of pure red fruit coulis spiked with savory herbs and minerality. The middle palate is dense and chewy, flushed with intense red Montmorency cherry compote that have been soaked in Kirsch. This a high pitch wine, extremely vibrant framed by aromas that are pure, vivid, but yet concentrated; it’s like eating raspberry pates de fruits…Just Delicious!!!
I decanted the wine for an hour and as the wine opened up, Renaissance became a third wine (1. Was the nose, 2. The first taste, 3. Now the decanted wine). This is why we drink Pinot Noir, no other variety has more evolution and metamorphosis. In the glass, Renaissance is now creamy, voluptuous, exotic and in complete harmony. This is wine that will create quite a conversation when tasted over 2 hours, it reminds me of the 2009 Clos St. Jacques Chambertain; sweet and tart, aromatic fruit, raspberry cherry with finest herb and floral intricacies. Perfect balance and harmony with exquisitely fine-grained, flowery tannins and integrated acid brightness. Renaissance possesses the purest Pinot Noir concentration, depth and structure which guides the palate effortlessly to a very long, sustained bright finish. May we say, Clos St Jacques…LEGENDARY
Please decant for full benefit, you will be rewarded.