2010WesMarPN2010 WesMar, Pinot Noir, Hellenthal Vineyard, Sonoma Coast.
This absolutely gorgeous Pinot Noir is a stunning wine with brilliant flavors and loads of character, this is far and away the best yet for this artisan winery. Along with Hirsch and Peay, Hellenthal shows the Sonoma Coast terroir in all it’s glory with intensity and gravitas that is hard to beat with dark rich fruit, savory spices, mineral tones and sublime balance with fresh acidity and refined tannins. The nose is beautifully detailed with wilted roses,  violets and vibrant clarity of red fruits, sweet herbs and subtle oak leading to a vivid palate of raspberry, black cherry, fresh plum and spicy currant with hints of pepper, lavender and candied citrus, finishes lengthy with creamy fruitiness and a whiff of vanilla. The layers are lush and pleasing, but still with lively lift and focus making this Pinot Noir truly something special, bravo! Drink from 2014-2020, without question a fantastic hand crafted Pinot Noir that deserves lots of attention.
($45 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive

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