Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

Jeffery Lindenmuth - January/February 2014

The entry level wine from this Pinot pro is both robust and very pretty, with lifted scents of rose petal and violet riding high above the juicy plum and black cherry notes. The palate reveals purity of fruit, underscored by earth and mineral, mingled with baking spices, cola, and anise. But it’s the fine tannins and velvety texture that make this wine so seductive.
Score: 92
Cost: $360
Cases: 7,029

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