Golden West The Promise Pinot Noir 2019
|United States, Washington
Sourced from a very cool, 1,600-foot-elevation site set on limestone soils, the 2019 Pinot Noir The Promise saw extended maceration and was stored in roughly 20% new oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. Ripe cherry and orange zest combine with smoky undertones on the nose. The palate is soft and fresh with a silky mouthfeel. Layers of pretty red fruits collide with copious minerals and citrus zest on the palate. Enjoy over the next several years.
Coming from the talented team at K Vintners, the 2019 Pinot Noir comes from a mix of clones, spent a full 40 days on stems, and was aged 12 months in 15% new French oak. It reveals a medium ruby hue as well as perfumed cherry and raspberry fruits interwoven with notes of flowery incense, baking spices, and dried forest floor. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, and balanced, it has some firmer tannins (there's 30% stems), a layered, building mouthfeel, and terrific length. A terrific Pinot Noir, it will keep for 4-6 years, and I suspect it will be even better this time next year.