2015 Banshee Marine Layer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
91 Points - Wine Advocate
Freshly cut rose petals greet the nose, followed up by vivid, concentrated raspberries. In the mouth a light-medium weighted body shows a purée of wild red berries, plum, and mint leading into a long, lip-smacking finish. This one is long on charm and will age well for more than a decade.
100% Pinot Noir
This vintage will likely go down as one of the best in the past decade for the Sonoma Coast. It was the fourth consecutive drought year that brought on extremely early bud-break and flowering, followed by a warm and dry summer resulting in profound depth. The wines are energetic, full of verve and well etched with precise and vivid flavors. As Antonio Galloni noted in Vinous, “Two thousand fifteen is especially strong for Pinot Noir…the most successful are rapturous, viscerally thrilling wines.” The catch? Yields were painfully low. In most cases, we were down over 50% and in a couple key vineyards we were unable to procure any fruit at all. The result is some of the best wines we’ve crafted but about half as much as we had planned and hoped for. Marine Layer is one of our pride and joys from the vintage and the result of making some tough sacrifices from our single vineyard program. An absurd quality of vineyards like Barlow Lane, Thorn Ridge and Tina Marie are the major players and while we won’t see as much of those on a singular level, they each shine in this harmonious blend.