Prince of Pinot: 2010 Kori KW Ranch Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 200 cases, $38. From the 14-acre terraced KW Ranch Vineyard. The vineyard has previously supplied fruit to several famous vintners. Clones are 667 and Pommard 4. Grower is Kirk Williams and winemakers are Kori Violini and Sabrine Rodems. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Impressively aromatic with bright, intense aromas of black raspberries, kirsch and dark plum sauce. Medium weight flavors echo the nose with added accents of toasty oak and floral notes, finishing with a flourish of black raspberry fruit. Soft and velvety on the palate, and very comforting to drink. Admirable balance with silky tannins and wellhoned acidity. A complete wine that brings out the best in Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. A big, but pleasant surprise to me, as I had never previously met with this label. Reviewed June 24, 2012


Connoisseur’s Guide:
Kori KW Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir  Santa Lucia Highlands 2010

91 Pts. Very nicely composed aromas of fairly ripe but not overly concentrated black cherries join quiet nuances of smoke, cola and hardwoods, and those same characteristics are repeated in the wine’s young yet decently polished and near-to classically balanced flavors. Gentle yet not open, hinting at a velvety texture that will develop over time and deep enough to commend three to five years in the cellar for those who can wait, this is one to look for. Reviewed: October 2012


Wine Enthusiast:
Kori 2010 KW Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

94 pts. Showing the long hang time flavors of the cool 2010 vintage, this shows fabulous depth of red berry fruit, with all kinds of licorice, wet stone, spice and sandalwood complexities. It boasts a silky texture, with brisk Central Coast acidity and even a dusting of tannins.  — S.H. (9/1/2012)