2014 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Stone Corral Vineyard is a 28 acre site located in the Edna Valley that was planted entirely to pinot noir in 2001. The sandy clay loam soils of the vineyard produce elegant wines with plush texture and dark color. Deep garnet in color, the 2014 vintage of Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir exudes juicy black fruit aromas bolstered by an intriguing smoked meat characteristic. On the palate, hints of strawberry and sandalwood lead to stunning mid-palate concentration layered with supple tannin. Try pairing this pinot noir with grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs fresh off the grill.
Robert Parker, August 2016. The Edna Valley release, the 2014 Pinot Noir Stone Corral is another polished, complex and seamless effort from winemaker Eric Johnson that offers classic notes of spice, forest floor, dried flowers and sweet red fruits. Aged 16 months in 27% new French oak, it's impeccably balanced, has a charming, forward character and will drink nicely for 5-6 years.
Vinous, September 2016. Vivid ruby-red. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, cherry compote, candied flowers and Asian spices, and a mineral topnote gains power with air. Stains the palate with juicy raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are enlivened by bright minerality and a suggestion of white pepper. Displays a very suave combination of depth and vivacity and finishes on a floral note, with excellent clarity, harmonious tannins and strong persistence. This is the most impressive rendition of this bottling that I've experienced.