Reuling Pinot Noir 2012 (Sonoma County, California) - [WE 93] [ST 90]

Reuling Pinot Noir 2012
(Sonoma County, California) - [WE 93] [ST 90]

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Notes from the Winemaker::
Following one of the most perfect growing seasons we’ve ever seen, the grapes were harvested on September 27, 2012.

Lavender Oil, Hoisin Plum Sauce, Pronounced Blue & Red Fruits, Hibiscus, Jicama, Rosemary Flowers, Lilac, Bay Leaf, Minerality, Marionberry, Chinese 5 Spice, Rose Petals, Black berry.

Incredible focused entry, beautifully balanced weight and structure while retaining grace and elegance, balanced acid, firm but evolved tannins and an incredible finish and length.

Fermentation Notes:
Reuling Clone ‘L’ 50% Whole Cluster
Calera & Reuling Clone ‘R’ 100% De-Stemmed
All 3 clones fermented in separate tanks
100% Native or Indigenous Yeasts 5 day cold soak, 16 day fermentations

Barrel Aging: 10 months
Oak: 45% New, 55% Used
Coopers: 90% Remond, 10% Damy

Finished Wine:
pH: 3.79
TA: 5.4
Alc%: 14.0

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Reuling is humming its way toward continued greatness in working with its own coveted fruit, crafting a coming-together of earthy fruit and lush texture. This vintage is dark ruby in color, classic in complex forest floor and wild strawberry layered over flowery perfume and a streak of spice. The imprint of oak and girth is still evolving, and the structure is there to cellar from 2017–2021." - Virginie Boone (9/1/2014)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(made with 25% whole clusters): Brilliant ruby-red. Heady aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola and Asian spices, with subtle mineral and rose notes emerging with aeration. Offers sappy, incisive red fruit and blood orange flavors that become sweeter with air and pick up a hint of anise. Lively and precise on the finish, featuring dusty tannins and an echo of cola. An hour or so of aeration makes this pinot quite drinkable right now." - Josh Reynolds (May 2014)

Wine Spectator:

"Firm, focused blackberry and raspberry notes are at the core, with spicy, floral scents. This is supported by firm, gripping tannins and ends a touch clipped. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,050 cases made." – JL (Sep 30, 2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Mark Aubert first made this estate famous with some extraordinary Chardonnays from this Sonoma Coast site. I am sad to say I did not see a Chardonnay at this tasting, but the dark ruby-colored 2012 Pinot Noir offers pleasant black cherry fruit along with whiffs of wood and spice. Straightforward and easygoing, it is best drunk over the next 3-4 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011 Vintage):
"The 2011 Pinot Noir is an attractive mid-weight offering laced with dark red cherries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice. Underlying veins of minerality frame the vibrant, nicely delineated finish. The 2011 is already a touch forward, so I wouldn’t hang on to it too long, but it should drink nicely for at least a handful of years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.
The Reuling family has sold fruit to other wineries for years, most notably Mark Aubert, but this is the first wine I have tasted from their own operation." (Apr 2013)