2017 Laguna Ridge Pinot NoirJoin To Purchase
Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard offers dried cranberry, dried red and black cherries, cinnamon stick, tobacco leaf and charcuterie with notions of violets, orange peel, tree bark and earthy touches. Medium-bodied and silky, it's youthfully coiled, hinting at latent flavor layers, sturdily framed by lightly chalky tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and savory. This needs more time in bottle to unwind.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge is sweet, floral and lifted, all qualities that work beautifully to temper the natural intensity of the year. Succulent red berry, mint, spice, licorice and pomegranate give the Laguna Ridge striking freshness and nuance. Next to the bigger Cuvée Natalie, the Laguna Ridge is brighter, more aromatic and also more restrained, although, it, too, is certainty not lacking in intensity. Laguna Ridge is the only site in this range from which Kistler makes both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.