89 POINTS ‐ ROBERT PARKER'S THE WINE ADVOCATE, ISSUE # 236, APRIL 2018
The Sonoma Coast is a world-renowned growing region known worldwide for its cool-climate Pinot Noir and microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness. The well respected and highly sought after Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir on Roberts Road is an elegant addition to the Calstar Cellars portfolio. The Roberts Road parcel of the Sangiacomo Vineyard has located a the northern end of the Petaluma Gap with cobbled alluvial soil and bench deposits. This location has proven itself to be the ideal site for Pinot Noir, influenced by morning fog, warm days and strong afternoon winds leaving the grapes plenty of hang time and development of distinct flavors.
A stunning vintage across the region, the 2013 perfectly balances rich, ripe fruitiness with firm acidity and broad tannin structure - the product of a long, extended growing season under near-perfect conditions. Dried raspberry and cherry notes are balanced by sweet leather, black tea and forest floor. On the palate, the fruit notes support primary savory flavors of roasted meat, minerality and mushrooms with hints of sweet baking spice and pomegranate. Lovely and nimble, the tannins flex across the back of the mouth, carrying cassis and white pepper into the finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir Appellation: Sonoma Coast Vineyard: Roberts Road Parcel, Sangiacomo Vineyard Barrel Aging: 30% New, European Oak Alcohol: 14.5% Harvest Date: October 12, 2013 Release Date: August 1, 2018