past vintages of pelos sandberg vineyard pinot noir


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2015 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

202 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$62 (available as part of the Wine Spectator set)
label - Don's 3 n’ 1

Year in and year out the wine that comes from Don Sandberg’s hard work in the vineyard is always delicious and 2015 is no exception.  As the vineyard matures its’ wines continue to develop even more complexity and depth, with 2015 at the forefront.  While this wine still has the fruit it also shows more tension, tannin and acidity to balance the fruit, potentially a more age worthy PSV than past vintages by my hand.

tasting notes-
Juicy carbonic nose of strawberry and bing cherry, rose petal, forest floor, mushroom, cinnamon.  The wine is heady, in that the flavors don’t sit on the palate, they vaporize directly into your nasal cavity like perfume leaving very little weight behind.  The structure here is focused around its acid, which is bright and fresh, and the tannins completely melted and nearly imperceptible. The finish is unique in that you really get the sense that smell is really how we are able to perceive flavor, meaning that the wine doesn’t persist on the tongue, it persists for minutes long finish that you continue to smell through the vaporous feeling of the wine on the palate.

scores—
9.0 to 9.5 — Vinography
94 points — International Wine Report
93 points — Josh Raynolds — Vinous
93 points — PinotFile
92 points — Decanter
91 points — Wine Spectator
90 points — Wine Enthusiast

2014 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label – Don's tractor

Humus and forest floor aromatics. The fruit is plummy with black cherry as well, and the barrel toast makes the fruit smell roasted in a way, like lightly grilled over an open flame. The structure is substantial with brawny chewy tannin that never overwhelms nor has edges. The finish is saturating and lingers leaving harmony and richness.

Delicious now but will reward cellaring, as we have come to expect with the wines from this vineyard.

scores—
93 points — Wine Spectator
94 points — International Wine Report
93 points — The Pinot File
90 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine


2013 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

303 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label – Don's Disc from the vineyard

Great farming pays off again this year. Deep, brick red in color. Bright red fruit, dried cranberry, smoke, wood spice, gravel, and wet soil on the nose. Very complex, layered wine. Rich, wood spice on the pallet, yet very juicy and plush. Dense, yet restrained.

Delicious now but will reward cellaring as we have come to expect with the wines from this vineyard.

scores-
94 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine
92 points- Wine Spectator
92 points- Vinous
9.0 to 9.5- Vinography
92 points- The Pinot File


2012 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

224 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$48 (sold out)
label – Don's machete for hedging vines

Great farming pays off again this year. A dark ruby appearance with excellent brilliance. Pronounced aromas of blueberry and plum fruit with deep earthy minerality classic to the Amity Hills. Rose petal, orange zest, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, mushroom add range to the flavors on the palate.

The fruit on entry is juicy but builds in weight to a substantially concentrated mid-palate. The tannins here are plush but chewy enough to add significant structure to fruit driven wine.

Yummy now but will reward cellaring, as we have come to expect with the wines from this vineyard.

scores-
94 points- The Pinot File
93 points- Stephen Tanzer's IWC
94 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine
93 points- Wine Spectator


2011 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

192 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45 (sold out)
label - PSV vineyard pruners

We bought two acres of Pinot noir from this immaculately farmed vineyard. I was struck and excited by the darkness of the juice and the ripeness of the seeds as I walked the rows in the fall of 2011.

The southwestern exposure, perfect elevation and mixture of soil types create a wine that is luscious from the beginning. Aromatics of dark fruits, Cola, cinnamon, maple, whipped cream, tobacco and leather lead you into a palate of Cedar, bacon, wet dirt and mushroom with the fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum playing a supporting role.

The rich spice driven flavors and ripe fine grained tannins make this wine delicious in its youth as well as one that will only continue to evolve. We hope you enjoy this bottling as much as our inaugural efforts from this great site.

scores-
91 points- Josh Raynolds- Stephen Tanzer's IWC
90 points- Robert Parker- Wine Advocate


2010 Pelos Sandberg Pinot noir

146 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45 (sold out)
label - Don’s hoe

I joke that Don Sandberg knows each one of his vines by name. Don spends more time in his vineyard than any one else I know - he works with the crews and looks over their shoulders and shows them exactly what he wants.

Don epitomizes the saying that the best fertilizer is the farmer’s footsteps, and so when he offered us the opportunity to purchase several acres of his fruit we unhesitatingly said yes!

The resulting wine (and label) is a testament to his diligence; ripe red fruits, expansive, lush pallet and a lingering finish of perfect tannins and fruit. Simply delicious.

scores-
93 points- Josh Raynolds- Stephen Tanzer's IWC
91 points- Wine & Spirits Magazine


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