Raen Fort Ross Seaview Home Field Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
Made with 100% whole cluster, the 2017 Pinot Noir Home Field Vineyard is pale to medium ruby in the glass and offers up smoked meats, stone, violets, wet bark and citrus peel over a dense core of cranberry, pomegranate and rhubarb with dried black tea leaves notions. Light to medium-bodied, it explodes in the mouth with orange peel, earthy nuances and fantastically concentrated fruits, knit with a fine frame of lightly chalky tannins and juicy freshness, finishing very long and layered. This is drinking beautifully now but will age well in bottle.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Home Field is the most inward of the three Pinots from Raen. Intense whole cluster savoriness, saline underpinnings and searing tannins give the 2017 much of its reticence today. Even so, the 2017 offers tremendous energy and overall intensity, not to mention tons of personality. I suspect all it needs is time in bottle. Readers will have to be quite patient, as the 2017 is not at all ready to offer much in the way of pleasure today.
Shows plenty of verve to the mix of red fruit and spice flavors. Hints of violet emerge midpalate, with a long, chiseled finish supported by fresh acidity. Drink now through 2021. 780 cases made.