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2006 Zepaltas - Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir - USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast - Red

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USA - California - Sonoma - Sonoma Coast

Red Pinot Noir
Producer Notes

Ryan Zepaltas arrived in California from Eau Claire, Wisconsin with $400 and a skateboard so he could indulge his skate passion year-round. A career detour took him to Siduri, where he learned to make Pinot Noir and Syrah under Dianna and Adam Lee. In 2004 he released the first wine under his own label, 40 cases of Syrah sourced from Rosella's... More »

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Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2010 VF: 2008-2017

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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138
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Source Vinfolio
Issue 139

Ryan Zepaltas made it look easy last year when his La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir, in the first vintage, scored 95 points from The Wine Spectator. Initially concerned that his next vintage might not end up as good, Ryan had his mind eased when the wine was finally ready. He feels it is better than the 2005, and even though I did not taste the debut, I doubt I will be the only one to feel this way about the 2006. The La Cruz is every bit as special as recently showcased domestic Pinot Noir such as Donum, Raptor Ridge, Auteur and Dierberg Estate. <br><br/> The pair of blocks, (Dijon 115 and 114), was picked a month apart and Ryan commented that the earlier-picked 115 was actually riper at harvest than the later-picked 114. It sees 50% new French oak for an 11 month regimen. <br><br/> The lavishly rich nose is classic Pinot Noir framed by saturated red fruits, violet, rose petal and graphite. The palate shows excellent concentration, weight and length with well-defined acidity and polished structure to the black and red cherry, white raspberry and slightly smoky bitter-sweet chocolate notes. It just keeps getting better with air and was profound after 24 hours. It most closely resembles the exemplary 97-point 2005 Donum Pinot Noir Russian River.

Author Richard N1962
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.889%
Tasted On 12/26/2012

Bright with lots of red fruit.

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Author Dan McD
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.537%
Tasted On 08/02/2012
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Author dougwilder
Site / Blog purely domestic wine report Trust Rating 98.558%
Tasted On 03/26/2009

Aromas: Rose petal, graphite, floral pastille and cherry Palate: Black and red fruits, firm raspberry and bittersweet chocolate Impression: Very rich aromatics, polished flavor profile, opens up after 24 hrs.

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Author Jerry
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 03/01/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2010

nice fruit, thin, young.

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