Poe Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain 2017


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Sonoma Mountain, California

View from the Cellar 92+ points!

Poe Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard is a beautiful single-vineyard Pinot from the Sonoma Mountain AVA of California. The Van der Kamp Vineyard lies at the very top of Sonoma Mountain, at a 1,400-foot elevation looking down on the town of Glen Ellen to the east and Bennett Valley to the northwest. It is possibly the oldest planting of Pinot Noir still producing, planted in the early 1950s. Samantha Sheehan founded POE in 2009 after being inspired by the wines she tasted in Burgundy and Champagne. The goal is not to replicate Burgundy, but rather create alluring, vineyard specific, age-worthy wines revealing the beautiful terroir of California. There is minimal intervention, judicious use of sulfur, and never any additives.

"The wine offers up excellent aromatic complexity in its youthful blend of black cherries, pomegranate, a hint of blood orange, some sweet stem tones, lovely soil elements, hints of the cola to come and a discreet base of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and more closed and structured than the Manchester Ridge, with a fine core, ripe, buried tannins and a long, focused and still quite primary finish. This will need more time in the cellar to blossom, but it may be a hair longer on the backend and might just be the superior bottling of the two in due course." 2028-2050+. 92+. John Gilman, View from the Cellar

POE produces traditional Champagne method sparkling wines, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a nouveau from Pinot Noir. Each wine is made in very limited quantities and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country. In the spring of 2017, POE teamed up with Farella Vineyard and Forlorn Hope to open a collective tasting room in the heart of downtown Napa. Guests can enjoy glasses, bottles and flights of their favorite POE wines, as well as explore other dynamic selections from both Farella and Forlorn Hope.

Poe Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard offers enticing notes of wild currant, violets and wet sagebrush on the nose. On the palate, firm tannins, with notes of white pepper and dark black fruit. A rustic interpretation of Pinot that can be enjoyed with food or without. Enjoy now and over the next 25-30 years with grilled Coho salmon, roast pork, spinach soufflé and aged cheeses.

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