2016 Pinot Noir 'Angel Camp Vyd', Anderson Valley
Brian Zalaznick planted this 10-acre beauty in memory of his brother and family. It’s located west of Philo on a scenic knoll above the Navarro River and overlooking the Anderson valley. This cool neighborhood, combined with the gravelly slope of the site, excellent farming, and good karma of the owner make it wonderful for nurturing classic Anderson Valley Pinot: deep, plummy fruit and a voluptuousness that comes with well-ripened tannins.
The 2016 has a nose that is bursting with fruit, yet still restrained and not showing its full glory yet. The palate is crushing - ha ha - with a red cherry, blackberry, plum blanket that wraps around your tongue. The tannins are supple and smooth, with a long, satisfying finish. Andy says this wine will likely be better in 5-7 years, but you can easily drink now with a grilled pork chop, venison, or roasted duck breast with a cherry glaze.