February 17, 2020

2016 Three Sticks Walala Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.67% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.63, 188 cases, $70. Released August 14, 2018. A Price Family Vineyards & Estates Estate vineyard, acquired in 2015. 17.2 acres of Pinot Noir perched atop a ridge near Annapolis, only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Clones “828,” 777 and 115. 25% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 61% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Shy, but agreeable aromas of black fruits, toast and a hint of floral perfume. Initially, this wine is very tight and closed becoming considerably more approachable after opened several hours and spectacular the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Great harmony in a mid weight plus style, featuring hedonistic black current and black grape flavors that are quite ripe but not too ripe. The texture is soothing, the oak is honorable and the preposterous finish goes on and on. Score: 95. Reviewed February 3, 2019

Winery: Three Sticks Wines
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay