2014 Spell Estate Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

Estate: Spell Estate
Region: Yorkville Highlands, Anderson Valley, California, United States of America
Vineyard: Weir Vineyard
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Tasting Note:June 20, 2016

The last single vineyard Pinot Noir from Spell Estate is the Weir Vineyard. Garnet red, not as much red or darker hues at the previous Pinot Noirs. Sweetest nose of the lot, with notes of caramel, sweet smoked meat and dried roses. On day two it gained some complexity with a little barnyard funk and some dust or sand. Moderate acidity (6/10) and moderate tannins (5.5/10). Lots of red cherries, berries and white pepper on the palate. Some savory undertones that were a little woody too. Body was the lightest of the four and was a little tight too. Needs some time to fully develop. Long finish with a pinch of minerality.


At Spell Estate, Andrew Berge makes the single vineyard bottlings specifically so one can distinguish the different flavors, structure and texture. The Weir Vineyard is owned and managed by Bill and Suki Weir. The Weir Vineyard is located in the Yorkville Highlands which separates the Sonoma County portion of the Anderson Valley AVA from the Mendocino portion. Planted on this vineyard are a total of three clones of Pinot Noir as well as a few hundred vines of Nebbiolo. All three clones are used in this bottling; Rochioli Pommard Selection, Wadenswald 2A and DRC Selection. As with all the single vineyard bottlings by Spell Estate the Weir Vineyard has cool maritime breezes that help to slow down and regulate the ripening process of the fruit. Aged in 100% French oak of which 33% is new. Only 125 cases of 750mL are produced.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2026.

Rating:

91+ points.

Price Point:

$$ - Sample provided by the Estate. Can be purchased at the Estate for $48.00.