Angeline Vineyards’ Pinot is a wine that takes advantage of California’s diverse growing conditions. Sourcing is not relegated to a single county or growing region, but chosen from around the state, from the warmer regions of the Central coast and the Northern Coast’s cool, foggy valleys.
Another drought year in California, 2018 was ultimately one more in a string of excellent vintages. Grapes were picked early in the morning, the time in a vineyard when a chill still hangs in the air. Bunches were transported in small bins to avoid crushing the thin-skinned Pinot. Each lot was de-stemmed, but not crushed, to avoid extracting the bitter tannins found in skins and seeds. The lots were fermented in cool stainless steel with minimal handling to preserve fruit notes in the finished wine. After pressing off the skins, the wine was settled for two days, then racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging.
The quality of Angeline’s Pinot Noir consistently over-delivers, and the 2018 is no exception. A lively garnet colour, it opens with intense aromas of fresh cranberries, Bing cherries, and orange zest. The palate is round and juicy with lively acidity and bright flavours of fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and ripe plum layered with vanilla, earth, black tea, and toasted oak.
“This is very clean and bright with aromas and flavours of sliced plums and lemons. Hint of watermelon. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp and dry finish. A vivid and easy Pinot Noir. Drink now. Screw cap.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2020