Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006
The 2006 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast This beautiful wine blends a selection of small, family owned vineyard sites from Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. A red fruit bouquet of bing cherry and raspberry is overlayed with mulling spice, and is immediately present upon swirling the glass. Aromas are accentuated with notes of cedar, vanilla bean, and sandalwood. Flavors of cassis, spice, and vanilla afford a silky texture and long, round mouth feel complimented by lively acidity and fine tannins. This is a California Wine.
Established in 1988, Patz & Hall embodies the shared vision and collective expertise of four talented friends - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, this dedicated team of individuals has turned a desire to craft benchmark, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs into one of California's most celebrated artisan wineries.
Nose is almost Burgundian, with red fruit, minerals and acidity bursting out. On the palate, this is too overripe and heavy. The tannins are also light, but it's somewhat saved by the zesty acidity that seems to dance on your tongue. $46
It had an interesting aftertaste. Maybe I didn't chill it long enough.
External Reviews for Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Dried berry, herb, mint and sage provide a complex flavor mix, and this offers depth and suppleness. Drink now through 2011.
Pure, rich and focused, with firm, ripe, vivid plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit that's full-bodied, intense, complex and concentrated, gaining momentum and ending with a long, full, persistent finish. Drink now through 2016.
Bright, deep red. Bright aromas of raspberry, cherry, flowers and spices. Sweet, lush and flavorful; a red fruit bomb framed and enlivened by pepper and spice nuances, plus a whiff of flowers. At once dense and fruity. Should be a real crowd-pleaser. Very strong for an entry-level pinot.
This fresh, vibrant red offers ripe blackberry, wild raspberry, sage and black licorice notes. This is full-bodied, spicy and firming, with the flavors gaining depth on the finish, where the tannins are rustic. Drink now through 2018.
Medium ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate, smoked meat and underbrush. Sweet, dense and expressive in the mouth, with briary black fruit flavors complicated by violet and meat and supported by a firm mineral spine. Tannins are firm by sweet. This is better than a "regional" pinot has any right to be, but then many Sonoma Coast vineyards carried tiny crop loads in 2005 due to poor weather during the flowering.
The generic 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has earthy, herbal and black cherry fruit notes along with a hint of new oak. Medium-bodied, with a good finish, it is not complex, but it is a mouthfilling, solidly made Pinot Noir to drink over the next 3-4 years.
A lively, flavorful wine with a sense of elegance and polish. The earthy cherry, wild berry, sage and herbal notes are vaguely defined rather than sharply focused. Drink now through 2004.