DuMOL Jentoft Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir 2018


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“The 2018 Pinot Noir Ryan Jentoft Vineyard is a deep, tannic wine. Readers should be prepared to cellar it for at least a few years. Black cherry, spice, leather, tobacco and menthol add to a feeling of gravitas. This is an especially potent, brooding style. The Jentoft offers a compelling mix of power, inner sweetness and sheer dimension. Drinking window: 2025-2035. 95 points

My tastings at DuMOL are usually pretty epic, as I sample two vintages of pretty much the entire range. The pandemic made a visit this year impossible, so this report focuses on the bottled 2018s. The wines are brilliant across the board, just as they were from barrel. Winemaker Andy Smith describes 2018 as a year with moderate temperatures, especially at harvest time, which allowed for picking tiny sections of vineyards in small, separate passes. From top to bottom, this is an impressive lineup.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)