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This wine opens with an opulent salvo of sweet blackberries, currants, boysenberries, lingonberry jam and raspberry coulis. Scents of multicolored rose petals, lavender and violets lend an intriguing fragrance. Deeper layers reveal notes of Lady Grey tea, anise and even a bit of dark stone fruit.
Ten months barrel aging in French oak, 63 percent new, lends depth and a spicy richness. Round, lush tannins build on the palate to a strong finish showing an accent of slight minerality. Good acidity heightens these tannins, enhances the aroma and portends long-term ageability -- classic for Klopp Ranch Pinots.
"A rustic, tannic style, with density and charm. Fans of minerally, gravel-laced Pinots will find this especially alluring, as the focus mixes the fruit and gravel elements proportionally. Drink now through 2022." -Rated 90, Wine Spectator
"Klopp is a mix of California and Burgundy clones, one of the producer's finest offerings every year, made in an opulent, balanced style. Lush layers of strawberry and cherry are surrounded by truffle-like dirt. The wine is concentrated in tannin and subtle oak, while anise marks the measured finish. The wine will benefit from time in the cellar through 2020. Cellar Selection." -Rated 93, Wine Enthusiast
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