2019 Silver Belt Vineyard Cuvee Natalie Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Ruby red-purple. Refined fragrance of violets, ripe dark wild raspberries and blackberries, pomegranate, tea leaves, sage and site-specific iron shavings. Annually charactered by soft red rose petals (in texture as much as aroma) and that polished silken nature is ever-present in this vintage. Full to medium fruit bodied and gracefully concentrated yet open knit, and layered. A lovely presence on the palate, poised, with a resounding sense of intensely focused purity. Bright and energetic natural acidity and soft, refined and fine-grained tannins add lift and gentle pull through the finish.Join To Purchase
The 2019 Pinot Noir Cuvee Natalie is just slightly lighter in color yet still has a healthy ruby, semi-opaque hue. Made from a mix of Calera and Swan clones and from a cooler terroir, it's more aromatic and complex, with wild strawberry and cherry fruits, notes of forest floor, sappy flowers, incense, and sandalwood, medium body, beautiful tannins, and a gorgeous finish. This is another brilliant Pinot Noir from winemaker Jason Kesner that ranks with the finest in California and France.
Vinous, Antonio Galloni
The 2019 Pinot Noir Silver Belt Vineyard Cuvée Natalie is a very pretty, refined wine. Dried rose petal, mint, sage, sweet red cherry, htobacco and cedar are all beautifully lifted. Layered and yet also translucent, with tons of class, the Silver Belt is pretty impressive in 2019. In some previous years, the Silver Belt has been a bit rustic, but those qualities are not at all evident in the 2019. Cooler temperatures in fermentation seem to have helped quite a bit.
Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate
The 2019 Pinot Noir Cuvée Natalie Silver Belt Vineyard strikes a fine balance of broody red fruits with spice and mineral tones. The nose offers gregarious cranberry sauce, rhubarb, nori and blood orange, with accents of purple flowers. The palate is vivacious and layered, silky and lifted with a very long, spicy finish. It's open-knit and accessible although its generous fruits and classy new oak will show best with another 2-3 years in bottle.