In honor of Lew Platt we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with proprietor Joan Platt, viticulturist Daniel Roberts, and the fruit from this rugged vineyard above the Sonoma coastline. The two-acre block nestled within a clos yields petite clusters full of finesse and exuberance. Organic farming and precision viticulture set the stage for this unique wine. True to form for Clos Platt, 2012 yielded tiny, near-perfect clusters and a balanced cropload. A reference point for Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, all pieces fell into place, and this wine is a vintage jewel.
The 2012 Platt is deep and very dark in color. The nose is complex and nearly as dark in tone as the color is red. The aromas are ripe but focused: plum, brambly strawberry, bruised flowers, wet earth, chocolate oak notes and spice. The aromas continue to evolve and change with air. The palate is powerful and lifted. The tannins are noteworthy but balanced with the compressed fruit quality. The fruit fills the mouth but the acidity is the star here because from the first sip to the long finish the wine is energized. Drink this and hold this – it’s great now and should deliver for another decade.
Fall 2014 Current Release
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
Ruby-red. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of cherry and black raspberry are complicated by suave floral pastille and cola nuances. Silky, palate-staining dark berry flavors show excellent clarity and power, turning spicier with aeration. Concentrated and lively pinot with pliant, harmonious tannins that add shape to the long, sweet finish. Dark in character but showing distinct finesse; I like the blend of power and delicacy here.” — Josh Raynolds
(92-93 points) *barrel sample*
“Layers of dark red and purple fruit burst onto the palate in the 2012 Pinot Noir Clos Platt. Juicy, expressive and layered to the core, the 2012 is simply gorgeous today. Violets, cloves and menthol flesh out in the generous, resonant finish. The pure intensity of the Calera clone comes through beautifully.” — Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
(91–94) points *barrel sample*
“A stunning effort, the 2012 Pinot Noir Clos Platt, made 100% from the Calera clone and 10% whole clusters, spent time in 50% new French oak. This beauty displays lots of bouquet garni, steak tartare, black cherry and black currant notes as well as a deeper, more foresty mouthfeel, full body and sweet tannin. Enjoy it over the next decade.” — Robert Parker