Red Car Zephyr Farms Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

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Red Car Zephyr Farms Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013


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Carved out of the lows hills above Freestone, a tiny village on the West Sonoma Coast, sits the magical seven acre vineyard known as Zephyr Farms. Deep coastal fog and afternoon westerly winds yield tiny berries with thick skins, resulting in a wine that is highly perfumed and complex. This Pinot Noir is a wine of wonderful paradox as it combines concentration of fruit and spice with freshness on the palate. It has quickly risen up the ranks to become a house favorite with the Red Car team. The tannins are more pronounced than our other Pinot Noirs, attributable to the intense afternoon winds in the vineyard (Zephyr was the Greek god of the west wind). Yet, the mouthfeel and body of the wine remains delicate and silky.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Brand Red Car
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VinousThe 2013 Pinot Noir Zephyr Farms Vineyard is an intense wine with a tightly wound core of fruit and hints of smoke, game and iron that add complexity. I would give the 2013 another 6-12 months more in bottle, as the elements have not fully come together just yet. Like all of the Pinots at Red Car, the Zephyr Farms is medium in body, but it has a feral quality that is perhaps its most distinctive attribute. Drinking window: 2017 - 2023.