2017 Georganne Pinot Noir
Ken and Merry met Georganne Proctor and her husband, Bob, in the fall of 2005. Their property borders Westside Road and overlooks the Russian River from benchland on the western slope. By the next spring, they made an agreement to lease their property long term and planted this estate vineyard to the UCD37 clone in the summer of 2006. This jewel yields wine that mirrors Georganne’s personality — strong, vivacious and energetic.
At the outset, this vibrant and effusive Pinot shows off an intense, bountiful aroma packed with cherry cordial, blueberries, crushed violets, red roses and raspberries. Savory notes join the party — fresh mushroom, cured meats, black licorice and dark cocoa — along with creamy chocolate and seamlessly integrated sweet French oak. Entry to the palate is full and round yet structured, with bold tannins persisting well into a long finish. Textured tannins balance the racy acidity and generous, high-toned fruit. A youthful and precocious wine, it will be a joy to savor for years as we witness its unfolding over time.
94 points / Cellar Selection
"From a bench land site on a western slope of Westside Road, this wine is gorgeously aromatic in rose, lavender and cherry blossom. Bright acidity enlivens exotic spice notes of cardamom, anise and dark chocolate on the palate, alongside a grippy texture and rich red-cherry fruit. The oak is well integrated and in the background. This will do well in the cellar." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, November 2019
"Powerfully structured, with good cut to the dark currant, dried raspberry and dark plum flavors, revealing accents of licorice and tar. Floral hints emerge midpalate, presenting a long, sanguine and firmly tannic finish." Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2019
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Georganne is the smallest production, and it has a smoky, savory style in its mulled red and blue fruits, graphite, earth, and underbrush aromas. It’s another medium-bodied, firm, focused effort that’s going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age.” Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, June 2019