2003 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Grower Ted Klopp and I have been working together as partners for more than a decade, collaborating on decisions that achieve the rich berry flavor and firm structure of his Pinot Noir grapes. His vineyard, located on the Laguna Ridge, is exceptional; the fine sandy soil provides excellent drainage, and his exacting vineyard practices produce remarkable intensity, year after year.
At Klopp Ranch big fruit flavors are born in small-berried grape clusters. I maximized the generous personality of the grapes using Méthode à l’Ancienne techniques including cold soaking, small tank fermentation and frequent punch downs by hand. Ten months in French cooperage, crafted by the best artisans, enriched the wine’s dark fruit character.
95 points, Spectator Selection
"The best Pinot I’ve had from this esteemed producer. … Impeccable balance, lively acidity and tremendous fruit complexity." James Laube, Wine Spectator, March 22, 2006
"Pinot Noir of the Year
“(G)reat fruit expression and complexity … the wine just gets better and better.” Steve Pitcher, Wine News, December/January 2006-07