2012 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
Every year I have the luxury of choosing the best lots of Klopp Ranch to compose our final blend. Winemaking technique and barrel selection for each of the 12 lots produced in 2012 were customized to optimize each individual clonal personality. Grapes from a 1989 planting of the Swan selection were combined with those from a slightly younger planting of Dijon 115 to create this delicious wine. It reflects a combination of a classic California Pinot Noir clone with a new-generation clone derived from Burgundy.
This wine opens with an opulent salvo of sweet blackberries, currants, boysenberries, lingonberry jam and raspberry coulis. Scents of multicolored rose petals, lavender and violets lend an intriguing fragrance. Deeper layers reveal notes of Lady Grey tea, anise and even a bit of dark stone fruit.
Ten months barrel aging in French oak, 63 percent new, lends depth and a spicy richness. Round, lush tannins build on the palate to a strong finish showing an accent of slight minerality. Good acidity heightens these tannins, enhances the aroma and portends long-term ageability -- classic for Klopp Ranch Pinots.
"Merry's 2012 Klopp Ranch exhibits a delicate, nuanced side of Pinot. What is most striking about this lovely wine is its bouquet, with the allure of violets predominant. Notes of spice and raspberry and cherry fruit aromas signal the coming sensory experience. On the palate this vintage of Klopp is exquisitely balanced, a seamless beauty that finishes with a lingering note of blueberry and spice. Unlike many of Merry's Pinots that require additional cellaring to reach optimum maturity, the 2012 Klopp is drinking beautifully now, though I have no doubt it will continue to improve as it evolves over the next five to seven years." Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, Feb. 10, 2015