2010 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Estate Vineyard
California: Sonoma Valley
Today’s Westwood Winery 2010 Sonoma Valley Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is a welcome return from one of our favorite winemakers and wineries. Pinot grapes are notoriously difficult to grow well, and John Kelly has most certainly cracked the code!
Today’s wine is a tremendous balance of richness and subtlety, without any of the overblown characteristics that can sometime appear in the varietal. Lush flavors of tart cherry and sweet, dusty earth coat the palate, leaving you with hints of homemade cherry pie. The true highlight is the finish, with a lovely acidity that begs this wine to be paired with a robust, hearty winter meal.
If you’re a Pinot fan, we heartily recommend today’s wine. You’ll more than happy you did!
Deep, beautifully translucent garnet at the heart of the glass, with just a touch of a lighter, hazy rim.
Lush and concentrated on the nose, with notes of tart red cherry, raspberry, kola nut, dusty sweet earth, nutmeg, and a touch of minerality.
Well balanced, with sweet plum and fresh Bing cherry mingling with freshly picked mushroom, berry bramble, dark baking spices, and pomegranate black tea.
Elegant and restrained, with a lengthy finish highlighted by wonderful acidity, sweet fruit, and grippy tannins.
This is a real food wine. A golden puff pastry stuffed with beef tenderloin and freshly picked mushrooms would be wonderful. A lamb shank in a demi glace reduction served with polenta would also be great!
What the Winery Says
Color is a medium garnet with pale rose-purple edges; good clarity. The initial aroma is intensely estery. Once this blows off there is a profound, complex layer of fruit: sour cherry, pomegranate, plum skin, and raspberry. Beyond the fruit there is a mix of citrus peel, cinnamon or nutmeg, earth, and graphite. The initial perception in the mouth is sweet and round, but the acidity of the wine quickly asserts itself. This wine is tart. The finish is long and intense, with a creamy note under the tartness and tannin. The aftertaste is very grippy, intensely fruity, and briary.
Our 2010 Estate Pinot breaks new ground for us. It is very much a product of a much cooler-than-average vintage, and asserts itself in ways our prior releases of Pinot Noir do not. Today, the wine screams out for pairing with rich and fatty dishes. We believe that there is a strong potential for this wine to age with the power and elegance of our 1986 Haynes Vineyard Pinot.
- John Kelly
- Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Estate Vineyard
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Aged in 100% French oak
About the Winery
After several vintages the wines we have produced from the Estate Vineyard have started to show a clear sense of place, a distinctive structure and minerality that will define the Westwood style going forward.
Ultimately Westwood will release two Estate Pinot Noir bottlings – one vinted from modern-era Dijon clones and a second Pinot assembled from our collection of California Heritage clones.
We will release four wines from our other Estate varieties: our redFOUR – a proprietary red wine blend, a dry pink wine we call our 4-Part Rosé, produced from saignée de cuve of our Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise and Syrah grape lots, a varietal Syrah, and a small amount of varietal Tannat.
Westwood has embarked a new chapter in its history – in Sonoma Valley, where we will continue to produce distinctive red wines in our iconoclastic soil-driven style – on a human scale.