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2019 Banshee Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

2019 Banshee Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

92 Points - James Suckling
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SKU: 193779
This rich, deep Pinot Noir has aromatics of freshly tilled soil and crushed cranberries that lead to flavors of tart wild strawberries, black cherries and fruitcake. Like a coastal forest on a foggy, moist morning, this Pinot Noir is earthen, dark and brooding with intense tannins and a lingering finish.
“Luke, I am your father”: Welcome to the dark side of pinot noir. This rich, deep pinot noir has aromatics of of forest floor, dark figs and cherry pie with soft vanilla bean that lead to a juicy entry with layered flavors of Christmas spice, green tea, cola and a hint of caramel candy. A deep, dark pinot noir with intense tannins and lush flavors that finishes with a lingering whisper.

Winemaker Notes

The fruit was hand harvested and sorted on September 19, then completely destemmed before going in to small fermenters for a 4-day cold soak. Commercial yeast fermentation and pressed at dryness in a basket press. Aged for 21 months in 35% new French oak barrels: François Frères, Rousseau and Trameaux.


100% Pinot Noir

Wine Specs

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Alcohol %

Vineyard Notes

The 2019 growing season started cooler than average. As the growing season developed, the temperatures stayed moderate, causing a longer growing season. Despite a longer than normal bloom period, there was great set on the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. With moderate summer temperatures and few heat spikes, the growing season was long and perfect for the grapes. The cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings allowed the fruit to maintain its acidity and develop intense, concentrated flavors. 2019 was a great growing season, with great yields, flavors and structure.