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2012 Cherry Pie - Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / CARNEROS
  • 91 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 336660-2012-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Features a rich, ripe core of juicy blackberry, mocha, cola and raspberry jam, with touches of espresso and dried herb. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2024
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Pale-medium bright red. Aromas of raspberry, brown spices and underbrush are lifted by a floral note. Silky and light on its feet, with ripe acidity framing the rich, sweet flavors of red berries, red cherry and earth. Offers good fat without excess weight, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and very good length. Sweeter and more expansive than the 2011 bottling. Jayson Woodbridge's pinots have gotten much subtler and more perfumed in recent vintages.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The two vintages of Pinot Noir that I tasted started with his famous 2012 Cherry Pie Stanly Ranch. This is a completely destemmed, sexy, in-your-face style of Pinot Noir, much like Jayson Woodbridge himself. Terroiristes will probably get their panties in a twist arguing that it is too delicious, too yummy, but this is a beautiful wine with super black cherry/kirsch liqueur-like fruitiness, soft tannins, and a round, juicy, authentic Pinot Noir character. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2020
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Leftymtb
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2018
    Author: Kenny G
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2014-2022
    Author: Scott I

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 195 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 31 collectors)