2013 UV-SL VINEYARD SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR
Our most masculine Pinot Noir, the UV-SL is opulent in color, reflecting a tangible fullness across the palate. The vineyard’s proximity to the ocean is deceptive, as the notably warm climate allows the grapes to reach our optimal ripeness.
Mark Aubert’s Tasting Notes
Please take note of the deep red color saturation and opulence. Blue and purple hues line the rim of the glass, and indicate the healthy nature of this wine. Ripe blood oranges and brooding black cherry and blue fruits build an intense core of fruit. After lengthy decanting, hints of graphite and iron subside to notes of dried leaves and mushrooms. The palate packs a core of rich fruit and immense structure. This young wine will require coaxing over the next few years, but already shows touches of its beauty. Suggested drinking window is 2018 until 2029.
95 points Vinous Review
The 2012 Pinot Noir UV-SL Vineyard is the most complete of these Pinots. It is also by far the most intense. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol notes all take shape in the glass. The style is broad, ample and super-ripe. Amazingly, with time in the glass, the wine comes together very nicely, but it really does need a lot of time. A juicy, boisterous finish rounds things out. The UV-SL is the Pinot that most clearly defines Mark Aubert's deeply personal approach to Pinot Noir.