Malm Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, CA USA
Malm Cellars has become one of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Nearly every activity here including vineyard management, crafting, production, and product distribution, revolves around one man, ex-Sonoma State soccer star turned winemaker, Brendan Malm. Malm's wines quickly exploded onto the oenophile stage, when a bottle drawn from his first barrel captured gold medal honors at the prestigious Orange County Fair. Fifteen years later, Malm Cellars wines are sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike. The 2014 Sonoma County Pinot Noir is primarily from a vineyard high up on Sonoma Mountain. A mix of clones 115, 667 and 777 only add layers to this bottling making it one of my best values to date. Hand sorted in the vineyard at the winery allowed them to bring in only the best fruit. The wine was aged on the lees for 6 months. During barrel aging, the lees were stirred every two weeks to enhance the rich, round character of the wine. After 2 1/2 years on French Oak this wine was gently bottled. Inky and intense, positively bursting with the flavor of blueberries and blackberries in a tightly knit package. Enjoy the exotic spices in the aroma that carry through on the palate. Ripe, but not overripe, this is a luscious Pinot for anyone who appreciates something with more acidity and grace than the typical fruit bomb. Only 625 cases made.