2014 Wayfarer Pinot Noir
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $79.94 (was: $89.94)
The Wayfarer Vineyard has seemed destined for greatness ever since Helen Turley told Jason Pahlmeyer that it was the future La Tache of California, and he purchased the property in 1999. Since its debut in 2012, the Wayfarer Pinot Noir has had off-the-charts success, and demand for today’s 2014 Pinot Noir is likely to outstrip its predecessors and sell out in record time.
Galloni wrote that Wayfarer is making “some of the most striking wines being made on the Sonoma Coast and California today," while Wine Enthusiast gave it 95 points and declared it a 'Cellar Selection.' If you’re searching for the best in California Pinot Noir, this Sonoma Coast beauty is unmissable.
Twenty years ago, the Wayfarer Vineyard was an organic farm supplying Chez Panisse. Now, this high-elevation site along the Sonoma Coast is one of the most immaculately kept vineyards in California. Just down the road from Marcassin, the 30-acre vineyard is a viticulturist’s dream with 12 Pinot clones, including a mysterious suitcase clone brought over from an undisclosed vineyard in Burgundy.
Cleo Pahlmeyer manages the property with winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave, making five Pinots, and this cuvee is meant to be a representative of the entire site. Favoring succulent minerality and dense fruit, the 2014 Wayfarer will undoubtedly reward the patient. Cheers!