Hundred Suns Bednarik Vineyard Pinot noir 2021
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93 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and detailed, with an array of elegant cherry, pomegranate, sassafras and orange-tinged tea flavors, which gather richness and tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2031."
"Everything we look for from Bednarik," Grant emphasized how special 2021 is for the Bednarik bottling. Bednarik's stately old vines delivered amazingly succulent red fruits with an expressive and beguiling botanical lift, accented by orange peel and fennel on the sweetly red fruited, gently savory finish. A super-silky old-vine feel elongates the flavors. -Marcus
Layered with rope cranberries, sweet red fruits, and floral aromas that accompany the refined and silky palate.
Rooted in marine sedimentary soil deep in the cool coastal foothills, this 6-acre, own-rooted vineyard was planted in 1988 by William Bednarik to Pommard and Wädenswil clones of Pinot Noir. A dry winter and warm spring led into a warm growing season ending with a dry fall.
Handpicked on September 20th & 26th, the grapes were broken up into five lots with varying percentages of whole cluster. Grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast and aged in oak for 11 months. Then they were moved gently to bottle, unfined and unfiltered. -Hundred Suns
2018 vintage notes
A symphonic spectrum of beautiful reds, showing old-vine elegance and class. Brushstrokes of bright tones over a savory foundations kept us enthralled through the sweetly-fruited yet wonderfully cool finish. Speaking of cool, Bednarik is a small, 6-acre vineyard in the Coast Range with old vines, planted to Pommard and Wadenswil clones in 1988. - Marcus
2018 provided ideal conditions for this cool, coastal foothill vineyard. Due to low annual rainfall and dry farming, the resulting wines show great depth of color, texture and flavor. - Grant