2016 Ernest Vineyards Cleary Ranch The Settler Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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JS 93 WA 93 VN 92
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, October 2018

An attractive array of brambly wild-cherry aromas lead to a palate that has a succulent, restrained and vibrantly elegant texture with juicy, lithe red cherries. Impressive structural detail. Drink or hold.
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2019

Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Cleary Ranch The Settler has a nose of granite dust, tobacco leaf, crunchy cranberry and Bing cherry with soft potpourri touches. Light to medium-bodied, it's earthy and minerally...
VN 92

Vinous, May 2019

The 2016 Pinot Noir The Settler Cleary Ranch Vineyard is an intriguing wine that nicely shows off the Ernest house style. Crushed red berries, blood orange, chalk and mint give the Settler its distinctive upper register...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.2%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Ernest Vineyards Cleary Ranch The Settler Pinot Noir is a remarkable red wine that showcases the best qualities of the Pinot Noir varietal. With a beautiful image of the bottle displaying its deep red color, this wine captivates the senses even before the first sip.

Hailing from the North Coast region of California, specifically the Sonoma appellation, this wine is a true representation of the exceptional terroir found in this area. The vineyards of Cleary Ranch provide the perfect conditions for growing top-quality Pinot Noir grapes, resulting in a wine that is both elegant and expressive.

Upon opening, the aromas of this Pinot Noir immediately entice with an attractive array of brambly wild-cherry notes. As you take your first sip, you are greeted by a succulent and restrained texture that perfectly balances the vibrant acidity and silky tannins. The juicy, lithe red cherries dominate the palate, creating a harmonious and enjoyable drinking experience.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 93 points, praising its structural detail and vibrant elegance. Vinous also recognized the excellence of this wine, giving it a score of 92 points and highlighting its distinctive upper register of crushed red berries, blood orange, chalk, and mint. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was equally impressed, awarding it 93 points and noting its earthiness, minerality, and nuanced finish.

With an alcohol content of 12.2%, this Pinot Noir is on the lighter side, making it a versatile option for various occasions. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a delicious meal, the 2016 Ernest Vineyards Cleary Ranch The Settler Pinot Noir is sure to impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.

With only 329 cases produced, this wine is a true gem that deserves a place in any wine enthusiast's collection. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the exceptional craftsmanship and character of this outstanding Pinot Noir.