LCBO Vintages Classics Release
Planted back in 2000, the Katherine Lindsay Estate is a fantastic site located in the Russian River Valley. Made up of a diverse range of iron-rich sandy clay loam, red clay, and coarse, gravelly soils, the fruit from this specific site is complex and terroir-driven. The yield was cropped for Hobbs at only 3.7 tons per acre in 2014, allowing for great concentration that comes through on the palate and by the intense ruby colour.
Hand-harvested fruit, picked at night, was hand-sorted while still cool from the field. Following a five-day cold soak, the wine was fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks by indigenous yeast. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation occurred after the wine was racked to barrels. The wine spent 15 months total in French oak (71% new) before it was bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
Like 2012 and 2013, 2014 was an exceptional vintage with prolonged, even growing conditions. A dry winter and spring limited canopy vigour, and a warm summer without disruptive heat spikes resulted in steady, even ripening through to harvest. The resulting wines possess an expressive bouquet of warm baking spice, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and ripe berries. Rich yet restrained, the wine’s generous fruit profile is cut by well-balanced acidity. It shows the freshness that is a hallmark of this site.
“Juicy and vibrant, with a zesty core of cherry and raspberry that’s pure and direct, tilting toward the supple side while retaining a firm backbone. Drink now through 2024. 816 cases made.”
94 points, Wine Spectator, Feb 2017
“Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate has a restrained nose of warm cranberries and red currants with underlying forest floor, chargrill, yeast extract and game. Medium-bodied with a beautiful backbone of finely grained tannins and lively acidity, it offers persistent earth and layers of red berry flavor and great finesse.”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is rich and boisterous, with striking Russian River exuberance in its fruit. There is an immediacy to the 2014 that makes it easy to drink, even at this early stage. Bright red cherry, plum, white flowers and mint add to the wine’s racy, inviting personality. The 2014 has turned out beautifully. Clones are Calera, Swan, Dijon and 777.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com. March 2017