The 2016 Pinot Noir No. 22 is medium to deep ruby-purple with a gregarious nose of baked blackberry and black cherry with savory notions of cracked black pepper, fried herbs, bay leaf and forest floor with potpourri hints. Medium to full-bodied with a soft, silky texture, it offers concentrated savory fruits, grainy-textured tannins and an evolving finish.
N°22 Pinot Noir Reviews
Earthy and layered, this rises from its oak tannins toward rich scents of red plums and a bristly note of conifer. The fruit is sweet but clean and light on its feet while the tannins need something with a lot of char on it before they’ll move into the background. JCB stands for Jean-Charles Boisset, the scion of the Burgundy wine family, who runs Boisset’s portfolio in California.
This coastal wine has a feral element of exotic fruit, rhubarb and blood orange mostly, with touches of rose petal around its edges. Silky smooth and unabashedly ripe and full bodied, it has an underlying freshness of lively acidity and integration.
The 2015 Pinot Noir No. 22 is medium ruby-purple colored and scented of menthol, dried sage and potpourri with a core of wild blueberries, raspberry pie and baking spices plus a waft of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it features fragrant earth notions in the mouth with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a mineral note.
Young and intense, this wine takes some time to evolve past its initial reduction, turning from black and smoky toward cool, brisk red fruit and elegant scents of roses. The tannins are still bristly after three days of air, suggesting the wine needs patient cellaring to show itself completely.
Pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir No. 22 offers a gorgeous perfume of red roses and violets over a core of wild strawberries, raspberries and Provence herbs with a touch of underbrush. The medium-bodied palate delivers a wonderful intensity of perfumed red berry flavors framed by very fine tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great depth and persistence.
Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Gorgeous, nose-filling aromas of dark stone fruits, pie spice, vanilla and subtle toast. Delicious flavors of cherry, raspberry, pie spices and vanilla with a subtle savory note in the background. Bright and seamless, with a sturdy finish of welcome length. A real charmer.
The 2013 Pinot Noir No. 22 is a dead ringer for a grand cru Burgundy from the Côte de Nuits. Notes of forest floor, autumnal vegetation, spice box, blackcurrants and black cherries all drift up from the complex aromatics of this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Believe it or not, there is something almost DRC-like in the aromatics of this wine, which makes me wonder what the clonal material was that Boisset was using, and what the source was for this wine. This is a stunner.