The Caiden’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from Block Nine is reliably one of the best value California Pinots available, year in, year out. The quality comes as no surprise when you understand that this wine comes from a producer that makes only Pinot Noir. The varietal receives undivided attention, and the result is exceptional small-production Pinot.
The 2017 is beautifully long, rich in ripe cherry and berry flavours. Aged entirely in French oak, the nose shows generous bright fruit, with strawberry, violets, plum, tea, and a hint of clove. Lifted and silky on the palate with good body, notes of wild cherry and sandalwood round out the finish. This is proving to be a terrific vintage.
The 2017 has just arrived and has yet to be reviewed, but the 2016 received the following:
“The 2016 Block Nine is beautifully long and rich in ripe cherry and berry flavours. The aromas exhibit generous bright fruit with a mix of strawberry, violets, plum, tea, and a hint of clove. Flavourful and silky in the mouth with good body, this wine is seductive showing wild cherries and a hint of sandalwood to complete its complex finish.”
93 points, WineX Magazine, Aug 2017
“[… ] Even more shocking is how good Block Nine’s Pinot Noirs are for their price”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Issue 192