2017 Scherrer Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Platt Vineyard is nothing less than a Grand Cru of the Sonoma Coast. To ensure that we give it the recognition it deserves, we are featuring an outstanding expression from that site: the 2017 Scherrer Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Located in the western portion of the Petaluma Gap, the 34-acre Platt Vineyard is planted on steep slopes with well-drained volcanic soils. This combination of soil type and slope creates excellent drainage, essential for producing high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Platt Vineyard is known for its cool climate, ideal for the slow ripening and gradual maturation of grapes. The cool, foggy mornings and evenings, along with warm, sunny days, help to create the long growing season that allows for different winemakers to choose the precise moment to harvest when the fruit is ready to express their perspective.
In the 2017 Scherrer Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir, we taste the unquestionable pedigree of Platt Vineyard. Picturing it appearing on a springtime dinner table or appearing at the season’s first picnic, we knew at first sip that the Scherrer had delicious plans for us. This is an intense and evocative Pinot Noir with a stunning perfume and a rich and exotic palate. It is dark and ponderous and the flavors come and go in endless waves. There is something mysterious about this wine, and the puzzle pieces seemed to reveal themselves as we returned to the glass over several hours. When the bottle was empty, one thing became very clear. Another delicious visit would be needed to sort out the rest of the mystery.
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The 2017 Scherrer Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir captures all of the natural pedigree of the site. Perfumed, deep and so expressive, the 2017 Platt has it all going on. Touches of lavender, rose petal and spice are immediately alluring. Sweet dried cherry, tobacco and cedar develop later, framed by insistent mineral notes that give the Platt its sense of proportion.
Joan and Lew Platt planted these vines for us to work with on their property overlooking the town of Bodega. A very cool site with intelligently selected plant material that is well farmed is a Pinot Noir maker’s dream. Red, black and blue fruit character with great structure, minerality and complexity are the result.