Quick Sip: WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir

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Today’s Quick Sip is WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir.  WALT Wines is located in Sonoma, California, and owned by Kathryn Hall, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Hall Wines. The WALT label honors Kathryn’s parents, Bob and Dolores Walt, who were both dedicated winegrowers. The WALT label specializes in small-production, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, with a laser focus on the latter. The winery produces upwards of twelve different Pinot Noirs from select sites along the Pacific Coast, covering terrain from Willamette Valley, Oregon to Sta. Rita Hills, California.  I can tell you from experience that you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir. The WALT 2012 Blue Jay is an attractive bottle of wine for the money that would be a great addition to the dinner table. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir

Review: WALT Wines Anderson Valley Blue Jay 2012 Pinot Noir (SRP $40): The 2012 Blue Jay is an appellation blend sourced from Savoy Vineyard, situated at the cooler end of the valley; and Anderson Creek, which is slightly warmer. Medium-deep ruby in color, this wine strikes a fine balance between ripeness, richness, and finesse. It is beautifully aromatic on the nose with flavors of raspberry and dark cherry alongside blueberry notes, holiday spices, and an appealing hint of floral perfume. The flavors, all well-proportioned, wrap around a supple texture leading to a medium-long, round finish. This wine is delicious now, but should develop in the bottle with short term cellaring. Region: Anderson Valley, California. (Other info: ABV 14.9%, native yeast fermentation, unfined and unfiltered, natural cork enclosure.) 91 Points. Click here to find this wine. 

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