Baxter - Pinot Noir - Valenti Vineyard
Overview: Pretty and elegant wines from Mendocino and The Baxters. Phil Baxter minimally intervenes in his wines and farms organically in every vineyard he works with. He hasn't used a new barrel in over 10 years!!! Phil spent a couple of vintages in Burgundy and learned ‘French Cellar’ methods and techniques to best showcase ‘terroir’. This time included periods at Domaine de la Vougeraie in Premeaux where wine was produced from thirty- three different vineyards from Musigny and Bonne Mares to premier cru and village wines. Thanks to his French language skills Phil was chosen to oversee the cellar activities at Domaine Raymond Launay in Pommard. There he contributed to many Pommard wines as well as several grand crus. "Burgundian" gets tossed around a lot, but Baxter’s wines show more restraint and focus than most domestic producers out there.
Tasting Notes: This texturally complex wine retains an elegance and leanness indicative of it’s unique cool climate appellation. A beautiful, almost heady perfume introduces this savory and herbaceous Pinot Noir. On the palate strawberries and lush summer fruits combine with sanguine notes, as well as delicate over-tones of tea-rose, mushroom and Earl Grey. Bright minerality, dusty tannins, cherry cola and rose petal linger on the palate to provide a fresh yet multi-faceted finish to this partial whole-cluster Pinot.
Pairing: Roast turkey
Points: 95, Wine Enthusiast
Format/ABV: 750 ml/13.2%
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