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STORM PINOT NOIR PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2013
NVWE Notes: The contrasting themes of elegance and fruitiness that typify this property are deftly portrayed in this fine Pinot, as youthfully dense aromas of dried cranberry, pomegranate, red raspberry, Santa Rosa plum, red currant, sumac berry, pink peppercorn, green peppercorn, filé and forest-floor spice create a unique and appealing mélange. All that is suggested in the nose is available on the palate, where youthful reserve is apparent, but focus, length and potential are equally evident. Impressive at this point, it will be much better in a few months and dramatically more so in two years. 125 cases made.
AFrom a relatively new vineyard that seems to have some ups and downs, the 2013 Pinot Noir Presqu'ile Vineyard is rock solid. Showing the darker, more masculine and firm style of the variety, it has lots of seeming stem influence (despite only seeing 15% whole cluster) to go with lots of blackberry, black cherry and wild herb aromas and flavors. From own-rooted vines and aged 11 months in 20% new French oak, give this medium-bodied, balanced and well-made Pinot a year or two in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2023. eRobertParker.com # , #220 (Aug 2015) Drink 2016 - 2023
The nose on this wine by Ernst Storm comes with this vineyard's telltale herbal hints, with Kalamata and green olives, black loam and a touch of compost. The lithe, graceful palate tingles with energy and proves intriguingly pretty, with tapenade, crushed peppercorns and a touch of strawberry on the finish. DATE PUBLISHED 9/1/2015 MATT KETTMANN