Deloach Vineyards le Roi Pinot Noir 2006
A blend of two vineyards from the very cool hills south of Sebastopol, this wine exemplifies the structure and power that cool climate Pinot noir is famous for. The majority of the blend is from the Pleasant Hill Vineyard, planted to clone 23, with the balance from the Maboroshi Vineyard’s clones 667 and 115. Both of these vineyards yielded late-ripening fruit that was fermented in small open-top oak vats and finished fermentation in barrel. The blend was assembled in July 2007 and settled in tank to allow the layers of each component to marry for several months before bottling in December. This is a bright, youthful wine with an intense ruby shade. Aromas of pomegranate and cran-raspberry rise from the glass, followed by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, lavender and cedar. The fine-grained tannins play with notes of baking spices, red plums and sour cherries for a graceful, lingering finish.
Medium-bodied, Slight tannin, Oakey, balanced
Picked this one up on our recent trip - I loved this Pinot; Mr. Ireland doesn't like Pinot (typically) and this he enjoyed. OFS.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Deloach Vineyards le Roi Pinot Noir
Wine Tasting NotesA complex and balanced wine, its dark ruby red hues open to a bright fruit nose with earthy aromas and a smattered of spice. Followed on the palate by flavors of pomegranate, Maraschino cherries, raspberry, leather, and crushed rose petals that burst in the mouth and continuously evolve as the wine breaths. A well structured wine, it is ready to drink now and will age beautifully for up to 10 years.
Light, hazy red. Musky cherry and black raspberry aromas offer good, straightforward appeal. Displays a slightly jammy character, with red and dark berry flavors underscored by smoky oak and baking spices. Sweet black fruits and clove dominate the sappy finish, which betrays no roughness.
Aromas of cherries, pomegranate and hints of smokiness and oak. Deep fruit flavors are followed by creamy cola components. The wine is layered and full in the mouth, with a medium body and an elegant, lingering finish.