VOLUME 9, ISSUE 49
October 20, 2014
Kanzler Vineyard is the one of the hottest (not literally) Pinot Noir vineyards among Pinot Noir lovers. Planted by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler in 1996, just west of the town of Sebastopol in the Sonoma Coast appellation, it has quickly become a magical source for fine Pinot Noir. Pinot Noirs crafted by A.P. Vin, CL Wines, Kosta Browne, Rhys Vineyards and Roessler, among others, have caught the fancy of the wine press. Years ago, it was Williams Selyem that pushed Rochioli Vineyard to stardom and Kosta Browne has done that for Kanzler Vineyard.
The Kanzler Vineyard is located on an east-facing slope of a small valley on what was formerly an apple orchard. The site has Goldridge sandy loam soils, and the vines prosper from the cool, foggy nights, sunny days, and afternoon maritime breezes. Clones 667, 115 and Pommard are planted on appropriate rootstock for this location.
The Kanzlers are passionate grape farmers who are never far from the action as they live in a house on the vineyard property.
In 2004, the Kanzlers partnered with winemaker Greg Stach to make their own wine. Greg Stach is a Fresno State trained winemaker (1992) who has stints at Landmark Vineyards and Pellegrini Family Vineyards on his resume. Several years later, Alex Kanzler assumed the winemaking duties, crafting the wines at VML Winery in Healdsburg. Alex has worked at Landmark Wines, Kosta-Browne, Bevan Cellars, Domaine Serene in Oregon, and Carrick Wines in Central Otago.
This is a label to watch based on the quality of the grapes from this vineyard and the rising talent of Greg Stach. The phone number is 707-824-1726. The wines are sold through a mailing list with limited retail distribution.
Articles About Kanzler Vineyards
2008 Kanzler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., $48. Kanzler Vineyard is located in the coastal hills between Bodega Bay and Sebastopol and is farmed by Stephen and Linda Kanzler. The winemaker is Greg Stach. Aged 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels. Pommard and Dijon 115 and 667 clones. · Intense aromas of black raspberry coulees, cardamon and red roses. Delicious berry melange which is really a mouthful but there is an appealing roundness and litheness that tames the fruit. Light on its feet and velvety in the mouth, leaving a bit of warmth on the pleasing and persistent finish. Outstanding example of a hedonistic, lush style. Reviewed June 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2006 Kanzler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., $50. The Kanzler Vineyard is on an east-facing slope of a small valley in the coastal hills between Bodega Bay and Sebastopol. Foggy mornings, warm days, and afternoon breezes are ideal for Pinot Noir. Farmed by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. The winemaker is Greg Stach. · Dark red cherry, strawberry, oak spice and some herbs in the mix as well. Plenty of fruit but not flabby or overdone. Full of charm with a soft, velvety texture, refined tannins, and a clean finish. A seamless wine brimming with juiciness. Highly recommended. Retail distribution and mailing list sales. The website is www.kanzlervineyards.com. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »
2005 Kanzler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.9% alc. · Very deep ruby color. Bright plum and blackberries with herbal overtones are the theme. Silky in texture with a plush mouth feel and a tangy finish. A big tiger with a pussycat sensibility. A bigger style that I liked alot. Reviewed August 24, 2007 ARTICLE »
2005 Kanzler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Very deep ruby color. Bright plum, black berries and herbs in the nose. Soft dark fruit flavors are enhanced by a plush mouth feel A big tiger with a pussycat sensibility. Alcohol is 14.9% but it never peaks out. Reviewed July 30, 2007 ARTICLE »
2004 Kanzler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., $35. · Classy wax closure. This is a light to medium bodied Pinot which has a caressing texture. The aromatics feature cherries, cranberries, rhubarb, and a little smoke. This has more restraint and elegance as compared to the Kosta Browne bottling. Over time, the oak and alcohol can peek out on the finish, but with food this Pinot is magical. I had this wine with grilled, marinated tri-tip and whole grain Texmati brown and red rice with grilled veggies. This Pinot really softens and integrates with food and isn’t this what wine is really for? Reviewed October 23, 2006 ARTICLE »
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