2013 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
This Cherry Pie Pinot Noir from Stanly Ranch elicits all the heartwarming sentiments of its namesake, and the 2013 might be their best rendition ever. This is a California Pinot Noir at its most shamelessly hedonistic, firing on every cylinder imaginable. Crafted in a “sexy, endearing style” (Parker), it is one of the most in demand Cali Pinot Noirs around, and for good reason. Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge has been described by Parker as a “bigger than life character” and a “genius” thanks to his work on Hundred Acre and the 100pts wines he produced there.
With Woodbridge sourcing the fruit from the best blocks at Napa’s Stanly Ranch, this particular bottling benefited tremendously from the gorgeous 2013 vintage in Napa Valley, which was warm, dry, and free of heatwaves. Just up from San Pablo Bay, Stanly Ranch benefits from the cooling maritime weather coming off the bay, which is essential to grow Pinot Noir. These factors combined to give Jayson Woodbridge exactly was he was hoping for in a Napa Pinot Noir. With layers of fleshy, ripe fruit, liqueur, and spice, this Cherry Pie Pinot has no hard edges, and is as heartwarming as artist TR Colletta’s painting that adorns the label. We fly through this every time we get a parcel, so grab it today and enjoy for the next 5-7 years. Cheers!