2015 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Now in its fourth decade, this vineyard continues to spin out beautiful wines each harvest. Its location on the Laguna Ridge near Sebastopol puts it right in the heart of Russian River Valley. At this special site, deep sandy soils and moderate temperatures create an archetypal terroir for Pinot Noir.
The 2015 vintage is classic Klopp through and through. The aroma is packed with mouthwatering, brambleberry fruit in all its forms: fresh berries, jam and pie! Its sanguine complexion is augmented by black raspberry, cola, ripe fig and Bing cherry. Plush, toasty French oak is nicely integrated and plays a supporting role along with rich, dark chocolate.
Its dynamic palate opens with a soft, opulent volley but quickly builds to big, lush tannins and a dense, weighty yet expansive finish. Surprisingly this Pinot is light on its feet with ample acidity building a fresh mouthfeel. Long life is a virtual certainty for this wine.
Note: This artisanal Pinot Noir may contain a gift of wine diamonds – natural tartrate crystals resulting from an abundance of potassium in this vintage. These may be found as a ring below the cork or may have gathered around the punt of the bottle. If you wish, simply decant to remove these burgundy-colored crystals and enjoy!
"Merry's 2015 Klopp Ranch offers a seductive floral perfume on the nose, leading to leading to a richly layered palate of blueberry and black cherry with a touch of oak vanillin and fall spices. The tannins are relatively modest, making for immediate enjoyment. That said, this is a beautifully structured and well-balanced Pinot Noir that will deliver pleasure for several years to come." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Jan. 9, 2018
"Medium to medium-dark ruby; intense, deep, cherry, pomegranate, and black raspberry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of cocoa powder and baking spices; medium-full body; deep, concentrated, red and dark fruit flavors with crisp acidity and a rich, textured mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Impressive now, though will benefit with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended." Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine, January 2018