2018 Westwood Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir, Annadel Gap, Sonoma Valley
Made from five of the very best barrels of Pinot Noir from the Westwood Estate in the 2018 vintage, the 2018 Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir is incredibly seductive, with a nose of heirloom rose and fresh raspberry. On the palate, it evolves into wild blueberry and black-cherry truffle, joined by hints of potting soil. Decadent and inviting, with silky tannins, excellent balance, and a long, delicious finish.
A hearty, robust and complex reserve-level wine, this wine is brawny in black fruit and firm tannin, with a focused structure. Black tea and forest contribute enduring earthiness and a contrast to the rich layers of dense fruit.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve comes the Annadel Gap Vineyard located in the Sonoma Valley AVA and was 90% destemmed and brought up in 60% new French oak. It's a bigger, richer wine offering lots of redcurrant and black raspberry fruit, plenty of spice, sappy flowers, and forest floor, nuanced, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a great finish. A beautiful, complete, elegant wine from this label, it will be even better this time next year and keep through 2030.
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
From a cooler estate vineyard in the Sonoma Valley, the 2018 Pinot Noir Founder's Reserve Annadel Gap Vineyard is a charming, endearing, already complex Pinot with pretty red and black fruits, forest floor, spice, and dried flower-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied and elegant, it's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years, if not longer.