|Owner(s)||Jim Fox, Mike Smith|
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Patiné means to have skated in French; an act that requires both power and grace. A partnership between Jim Fox, a former professional hockey player with the Los Angeles Kings, and winemaker Mike Smith.
Smith mentored in the Napa Valley under Thomas Brown and founded his own label, Myriad Cellars. His current client list is impressive and are custom crushed alongside Patiné in Calistoga, CA.
A single Pinot Noir from Gap's Crown Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast is produced. The wine is sold through a mailing list
2011 Patiné Gap’s Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., $60. Clones 667 and “828.” · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. The wine continued to evolve in the glass over time to reveal enticing aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and black plum accented with spice. Full-bodied, yet harmonious in the mouth, with a luscious core of very ripe fruit, annotated by oak, finishing with generous aplomb. Tasted six hours later from a previously opened bottle, the wine was still drinking nicely with an appealingly smooth mouth feel. The fruit had become even darker, veering to black currant more than black cherry. This wine does push the ripeness envelope presumably because of a heat spike before harvest. A bit of alcoholic heat peaks out over time. That said, it is an enjoyable wine in the generous Caliesque style. Score: 89. Reviewed February 22, 2014 ARTICLE »