Fresh cherries and red berries abound; this wine delivers savory layers of spice, earth and herbs in a seamless, elegant manner.
KW Ranch Pinot Noir 2015 comes from the lower slopes along the eastern edge of the appellation. Red berries and cherry join undertones of menthol and wild herbs on an expressive nose. The palate highlights tight and focused fruit, with bright acidity and mineral, that merge into a long, structured finish. Although delicious now, this wine will peak after 2019.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck (formerly Wine Advocate) ; 92pts Vinous/Tanzer ; 92pts Wine Enthusiast ; 91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
KW Ranch is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands, southeast of McIntyre Vineyard and just northwest of Gary’s Vineyard. Planted to both Pinot Noir and Syrah in 2000 by Kirk Williams, the site features a well-exposed, gently-rolling hillside with gravely loam soils. Wines from KW Ranch tend to be intense and highly aromatic.
All our Single Vineyard Pinot bottlings go through a similar production regimen. This allows the focus to be on the terroir of each vineyard. Hand harvested and hand sorted, the grapes are cold soaked for three days before inoculation. Clonal lots are kept separated in small open-top bins during fermentation and 20% of the bins go through whole cluster fermentation. Close monitoring ensures that production stages are implemented at optimal periods. The young wine is racked into an assortment of barrels, only French oak/ 50% new, from various tonnelleries for added complexity. This wine was barrel aged for 10 months before filtering, bottling and laying down for another 18 months of bottle aging before release.