Relic Wine Cellars 2016 Putnam Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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Winemaker Notes

This is Relic Wine Cellars' final release from the Putnam Vineyard in Annapolis in the deep Sonoma Coast, but what a way to go out! 2016 provided near-perfect conditions to ripen the fruit, and the vines produced the best wine yet from this coastal vineyard. Aromas of cherry pit, blackberry flowers, sassafras, lavender, sage, white pepper and exotic spices fill the glass. The palate is dense with flavor and balanced by lush, soft tannins, yet is taut enough to carry the intense finish to great lengths.

This wine is allocated only.

Critical Acclaim

RP93 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged 11 months in 44% new French oak using 25% whole cluster fermentation, the 2016 Pinot Noir Putnam Vineyard is medium ruby-purple colored with a lovely mix of red and black cherries on the nose with nuances of lavender, Provence herbs, forest floor, truffles and spearmint. The palate is medium-bodied with great vibrancy and energy, framed by chewy tannins and fantastic freshness and finishing long and minerally.
WS93 Wine Spectator Insider
Pure, focused flavors of dried red currant, dark cherry and blackberry tart are supported by fresh acidity. Medium-grained tannins caress the palate on the silky finish, which is loaded with Asian spice notes.
JD92 Jeb Dunnuck
The last vintage for this cuvée, the 2016 Pinot Noir Putnam Vineyard comes from a cooler site yet has terrific purity in its blue fruits, mint, violets, spring flowers, and red berries. It's supple, seamless, elegant and forward on the palate, with the hallmark purity of fruit that makes 2016 so special in Sonoma.