Semper Homage Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California, 2016

Semper Homage Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California, 2016 - Merchant of Wine

Regular price $34.95 Sale price $90.00

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Overview of the Wine
Winemakers: Tuck Beckstoffer, Philippe Melka

Semper was conceived as a love letter to express enduring faithfulness. Cultivated in a distinct region of the Sonoma Coast appellation, wines produced in this area have a rare and collectible quality that will only increase in value over time. During the growing season the vineyard experiences bright sunshine during the day but is subject to a cool blanket of fog that hugs the coastline, creating the ideal conditions for that perfectly slow ripening.

The 2016 Semper Homage Pinot Noir pays homage to some of the great vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Petaluma Gap appellations. The primary sourcing is Reuling Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, near Forestville. In addition to having the ideal climate and well-drained soil for making great Pinot Noir, the vineyard is planted with three of the finest Pinot Noir clones, all of which was used in making the 2016 Semper Homage – Lat Tache, DRC and Calera.  The wine is blended with small amounts of two other vineyards – Sunchase Vineyard and Saltonstall Vineyard, both of which are located in the Petaluma Gap at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast appellation.

The 2016 Semper Homage Pinot Noir showcases powerful fruit with an elegant structure and medium body. Upon entry, this wine expresses aromatics of wild raspberry and strawberry, transitioning into a robust rhubarb and cranberry palate. Aged in French oak barrels for twelve months, the wine shows nuances of baking spices that complement the natural fruit components of the Russian River Valley. While this wine is drinking beautifully now, it will continue to improve and develop in the bottle over the next five to ten years. 

Grape / Blend

100% Pinot Noir

Origin

Sonoma Coast, California

Tasting Notes

The Semper Homage Pinot Noir showcases powerful fruit with an elegant structure and medium body. Upon entry, this wine expresses aromatics of wild raspberry and strawberry, transitioning into a robust rhubarb and cranberry palate. Aged in French oak barrels for twelve months, the wine shows nuances of baking spices that complement the natural fruit components of the Russian River Valley. While this wine is drinking beautifully now, it will continue to improve and develop in the bottle over the next five to ten years.

Reviewed by Ian Blackburn:

Tuck Beckstoffer has put together a great property, an amazing line of wines and works with a fan favorite wine consultant, Mr. Philippe Melka. This SEMPER Pinot Noir 2016 was destined for TOP RESTAURANTS and we picked up a large position. I think it's safe to say you will not see this wine on sale for long. 95 Points by a few of the famous critics. Saturated Russian River wild cherry aromatics, rich mouth filling texture, amazing nose of expensive use of wood; this is both bold and beautiful. I was thrilled to get my hands on this special wine and have put down a case for future enjoyment. It drinks wonderfully now - will age 10 years. 95 points - Ian Blackburn

95+ - California Wine Advisors

“Beautifully aromatic with sumptuous fruit that impresses from the very beginning. On the palate, this graceful new release is sleek and elegant with a silky texture. Alluring notes of fresh strawberry and raspberry flavors combine with layers of black tea and baking spices. Quite impressive to enjoy now through 2025.”

 

Product size: 750ml

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