This 3-pack includes 1 bottle of 2011 - La Fenetre A Cote Pinot Noir Central Coast, 1 bottle of 2010 - Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Cahill Lane, and 1 bottle of 2008 - Cicchitti Limitada Blend Edicion.
2011 - La Fenetre A Cote Pinot Noir Central Coast
"The 2011 A Cote Pinot Noir is the realization of California's cool-climate Central Coast potential for this finicky varietal. An homage to the delicious Bourgonge Rouge I so often drink, the wine is harmonized to display the characteristics of the diverse but focused cool-climate Central Coast AVA of California. The larger component from Cedar Lane and Mission Ranch vineyards in the Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey (80%), contributes spice, and red fruit elements. The old vines from Bien Nacido Vineyard and the newer plantings at Presqu'ile add weight and a chewy texture to this balanced Pinot Noir." - Winery
"Founded in 2005, La Fenetre is my expression of classic style and technique in winemaking with new world, modern sensibility. I try to craft wines that are elegant, perfectly balanced, great with food, and long to finish. While the great classic, old world wine regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Rhone are my benchmarks, I must also be true to the terroir of the vineyards from which my wines originate."
"In the tradition of the Burgundian negociant, all of the fruit is purchased from vineyards with exacting standards and extremely high quality. The terroir of the central coast is unmistakable, and the wines from this region possess intense flavor and unique character. I love the wines of this region." - Winery
2010 - Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Cahill Lane
"Bright ruby. Sexy aromas and flavors of red and dark berry preserves, potpourri and star anise, with a subtle touch of blood orange adding vivacity. Juicy, penetrating and concentrated, with strong finishing power and lingering florality. Pretty suave stuff and already delicious." (05/12) - 92 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"Another of the deeper, richer wines in the range, the 2010 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane places more emphasis on power than elegance. There is plenty of depth in the glass, but at the same time, I find the aromas and flavors less well-defined than in the very best Hansel wines. The Russian River richness dominates over elegance. Hints of tar, smoke and game emerge on the powerful, virile finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018."
"I was quite taken with the wines I tasted with proprietor Stephen Hansel earlier this year. In particular, the 2010 Chardonnays have turned out far better than I had expected. A year prior, the wines were heavy and clunky. Today, they are complete and beautifully balanced to a degree that is surprising. According to Hansel, in 2010 the Pinots were less affected by the heat spikes that year than the Chardonnays, echoing a common refrain among growers. As was the case throughout California, 2011 was an exceptionally long and cold growing season. Hansel lost the fruit for the Meadows bottling, a casualty of the October rains. At the risk of sounding repetitive, it is impossible not to realize how exceedingly fairly priced these wines are in todayâs market. Stylistically, the Hansel Chardonnays show the richness from stirring of the lees and the use of 40-60% new oak. The Pinots are made from fully destemmed fruit and also tend towards the bolder side of things. Hansel reported that sugars were about a degree lower in 2011, especially for the Chardonnays. Consequently, he gave the Chardonnays a little less new oak than normal, but at the same time increased lees stirring to give the wines a bit more body. Ripeness of the Pinots was more consistent across the two vintages." (04/13) - 91 Pts Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Walter Hansel was a lifelong wine enthusiast who had the vision to plant his estate's original 250 vines in 1978. Today, Stephen, Walter's son, has taken up where his father left off, pursuing his vision of producing world-class Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, all from the Russian River Valley."
"Steve Hansel's friend, famed winemaker Tom Rochioli, helped him in the early stages of his wine education by inviting him to work a couple of harvests at the Rochioli vineyards. Steve performed his first solo attempt in 1996 out of his garage."
"At Walter Hansel Winery, the emphasis is on low yields (a miniscule range from 1.5 to 2.7 tons/acre) for greater complexity. Since all their grapes are grown on their own property, they can exercise strict control in the vineyards, which are planted with 5 Pinot and 5 Chardonnay clones. Each clone was chosen for its specific acid and flavor variations."
"All of Steve's fruit is hand-harvested, and it is re-examined again at the winery. Hansel makes an average of 9 total passes through each vineyard. Each pass is time consuming and expensive but Stephen feels the vine rewards him with more concentrated flavors."
"The winery uses only natural yeast during fermentation. Fining and filtration are minimal. The Pinots are held on the lees without racking for 12 months. The Chardonnays are whole cluster fermented and gently pressed to extract the juice. The cooperage varies from year-to-year, cuvee-to-cuvee, but none of the wine is aged on entirely new oak. One- and two-year-old barrels are always employed." - Distributor
2008 - Cicchitti Limitada Blend Edicion
"The 2008 Blend Edicion Limitada is composed of 40% Pinot Noir, 38% Sangiovese, and 22% Merlot, a unique concoction for Mendoza. It spent 10 months in French and American oak before bottling without fining and filtration. Enticing notes of cherry blossom, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and black raspberry titillate the nose, pointing toward a medium-bodied, savory, spicy, incipiently complex wine with excellent balance and length. It is likely to evolve for 2-3 years but can be approached now."
"Bodega Cicchitti was founded in 1882 and uses only estate-grown fruit from its 240 acres in its wines. The wines are native yeast fermented and bottled without fining or filtration." (12/11) - 90 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Made from Estate grown Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Merlot. The vineyard is the Valle del Uco and Lujan and has 30 year old average vines. Vinification happens in small concrete tanks and aging takes place for 10 months in French barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered." - Importer
"Bodega Cicchitti was founded in 1982 in Guymallen, Mendoza, by Jose Antonio Cicchitti. Cicchitti uses grapes from its Estate only (240 acres). Yields are kept low."
"The grapes are carefully selected and handpicked into small cases of 30 pounds. Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks. Only native yeasts are used."
"Jose Antonio manages to keep a surprising low profile in spite of the high quality of his wines." - Importer
This wine was also scored 88 Points by the International Wine Cellar, 85 Points by the Wine Enthusiast, and 75 Points by the Wine Spectator.