Grapelive: Wine of the Day May 28, 2015

2013KnezPN2013 Knez, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley.
Anthony Filbert makes some beautiful wines and the latest Knez release is a glorious example of Pinot Noir with stunning detail, refinement and class, starting with a clear perfumed bouquet, delicate fruit and subtle layers of earth and mineral all wrapped up in balanced texture, do not miss this 2013 Knez Anderson Valley. Coming off estate vines mostly planted to heritage clones and farmed with great care to the land and fermented using native yeast the 2013 Knez has a gorgeous natural feel and is very compelling in the glass, though I suspect it will really fill out and gain depth with another year or so in bottle, the vintage seems more generous that 2011 or 2012, but I think there is more to come. Filiberti still is part of Anthill Farms, and has made wine at Penner-Ash, Bergstrom and Williams-Selyem, he resume is very impressive, but his wines more than speak for themselves, this is a talented and passionate winemaker that is really hitting on all cylinders and turning out some majestic and exceptional efforts. This 2013 is lovely, and a superb value, showing a ruby red hue, an enticing floral nose and a palate of finessed fruit including dark raspberry, black cherry, plum and wild strawberry along with stone and mineral notes, spice, tea, fennel, rose petal, herbs and tangy died currant, plus saline, red peach, cedar and a hint of loamy/dusty earth. There is lifting acidity and satiny tannins in the medium bodied Pinot, and there is a juicy brightness throughout, this is a young and vibrant wine that turns a tiny bit shy on the mid palate and needs a little time to unfold, A year should bring even better rewards, drink this beauty from 2016 to 2020.
($34 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive