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2015 Banshee Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain (1.5L Magnum)

2015 Banshee Sullivan Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Mountain (1.5L Magnum)

93 Points - Wine Advocate
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Limited Supply Magnum

Aromas of savory herbs, licorice, and Manzanita combined with a dark macerated plum note. Flavors of plum, cassis and wild blackberries are well integrated with a finely beaded but pleasant tannic structure.

Ratings

93+ Points - Wine Advocate. June 29, 2018. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sullivan Vineyard leaps from the glass with vibrant black and red cherry notes plus hints of black raspberries, black tea, anise, lilacs and baking spices plus a touch of Provence herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers wonderful freshness to the exuberant cherry and earth layers, framed by soft tannins and finishing on a floral note. 11 barrels were produced." | 90 Points - Vinous. "The 2015 Pinot Noir Sullivan Vineyard is a very pretty and complete wine. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, spice and floral notes are nicely delineated in a pliant, beautifully textured wine that will drink well for at least a few years, perhaps more."

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 Sullivan certainly expresses its mountainous origins with aromas of savory herbs, licorice, and Manzanita combined with a dark macerated plum note. In the mouth flavors of plum, cassis and wild blackberries emerge. These flavors are well integrated with a finely beaded but pleasant tannic structure. The fruit flavors carry through long after the wine is swallowed.

Composition

100% Pinot Noir

Wine Specs

Vintage
2015
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Mountain
Alcohol %
13.5
Wine Advocate
93

Vineyard Notes

The 2,400-foot Sonoma Mountain range rises above the town of Glen Ellen, at the western edge of the Valley of the Moon. Found here are highaltitude, steep-sloped vineyards including the Four Brothers/Sullivan Vineyard which is farmed by Jim Sullivan and his sons including Patrick and Mike, who is the winemaker at Benovia and formerly of Hartford Court. Straddling the Bennett Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVAs, Sullivan Vineyard encompasses eleven acres along a ridge at an elevation of 750-900 feet where the irregular folds and crevices of the mountain create a unique microclimate, ideal for cool climate Pinot Noir. The vineyard is streaked with a variety of well-drained soil material including Sprekles clay and volcanic material. These vineyard hillsides are planted to Pinot Noir clones 777, a Vosne Romanée suitcase clone and Pommard.