Donald Patz has once again demonstrated his pundit with an almost perfect Pinot Noir! His Maritana Vineyards showcasing his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are exceptional. The 2018 Maritana Le Russe (the Russian) is a Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County.
Upon opening the bottle, you are astonished by the powerful and beautiful fragrance of this wine. The above picture seemed to capture the wafting aroma.
On the eyes, a deep ruby red with a slight translucence. On the nose, aromas of cherry and strawberries first awaken the senses. The enticement to sip is beckoning and compulsive. Upon the first taste, you are greeted with raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. The finish is long lasting with hearty tannins and oak present.
I have consistently used the analogy of Pinot Noirs to a professional ballerina. This Pinot Noir is graceful, elegant, and powerful and possesses an appreciation of the strength/finesse of a ballerina. This wine has received 92 to points, but with age will garner an even higher rating.
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Enjoy this elegant Maritana Vineyards wine with just about any meal or by itself for a memorable experience.