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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
Harvest Date
October 5, 2017
6.7 g/L
Alcohol %
2017 Kiser Vineyard Pinot Noir, SUITCASE Block

2017 Kiser Vineyard Pinot Noir, SUITCASE Block

Antonio Galloni Score, 96 // "The 2017 Pinot Noir Kiser Vineyard Suitcase Block emerges from a parcel planted with cuttings from one of the top vineyards in Burgundy. In the glass, the Suitcase Block stands out for its translucent beauty and finesse. There is plenty of power, but the Kiser is understated to the core. Red and purplish berry fruit, mint, spice and rose petal are all beautifully sculpted throughout, with floral and savory top notes that continue to develop with air. What a wine."

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The Kiser Vineyard Pinot Noirs are a fascinating study on variations of a theme. All are specifically Kiser and more alike when compared to other vineyards. However, when tasted as a set, they are all distinctive among themselves, each showcasing a different expression.

2017 Kiser Vineyard, Suitcase Block, Pinot Noir // This block located in the lower section, is comprised of vines that were grafted over to suitcase cuttings brought back from Grand Cru vineyards in Vosne-Romanée. This makes a fascinating comparison to the other lower block. More exotic and fragrant with combination of blue and red fruits. 

Kiser Vineyard is one of the last vineyards in the Valley. In this chilly corner, harvest is often up to a month later than in the southern part of Anderson Valley, only 15 miles south. The hillside vineyards sit on a thin layer of topsoil over sheets of fractured sandstone and shale. The upper block is slightly warmer and harvested first. Its wines are high-toned and bright. After millennia of erosion of the hillside, the lower block has deeper soils and thus broader, deeper flavors. A local vineyard worker remarked it was the coolest vineyard in AV.

Tech Information // Alc. 13.6% , 3.29 pH, 6.7 g/L TA Harvest Dates // Suitcase picked on October 5