Barbed Oak Vineyards

2012 Zara's Block Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir •Estate Vineyard

California: Sonoma County: Bennett Valley

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Mission Briefing


The Elegant Beast

Today’s Barbed Oak Vineyards 2012 Zara’s Block Estate Grown Pinot Noir is quite the treat: a dark, deeply flavorful Pinot that also has a delightfully elegant side to it.

Today’s wine was crafted from a pristine vineyard in the Bennett Valley that is perfect for growing Pinot: warm, sunny days are followed by cool, coastal foggy evenings. The quality of the fruit has led many higher priced labels to come calling, but Barbed Oak always keeps a special allotment for themselves. Today’s wine is the fantastic result of their passionate vineyard management.

If you love a hearty but elegant Pinot, then today’s wine will be right up your alley.

Tasting Profile


A bit darker than your standard Pinot; perhaps the color of perfectly ripened black cherries that were just placed under the broiler.


Subdued and elegant, with dark cherry and blackberry forming a fruit core that’s framed by a touch of dried Provençal herbs, peppercorn spice, dusty earth, and toasty oak.


Well balanced notes of dark fruit, earth, and spice present themselves. Grilled Santa Rosa plum and black cherry are laid overtop dark baking spices, summer earth, black peppercorn, sweet tobacco, and bit of pomegranate herbal black tea.


Delicious, with mouthwatering acidity, well rounded flavors, and an elegant mouthfeel. A touch of dried cranberry lingers as the wine fades.


Grilled pork chops, rubbed with sage, garlic, and sea salt.

What the Winery Says

John Raytek
Bennett Valley, Sonoma County
Estate Vineyard
Fruit Variety
100% Pinot Noir
11 months
35% new French oak medium toast
252 cases

About the Winery

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