93pts Jeb Dunnuck
From an estate in the Russian River and aged 10 months on lees in 40% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Hop Kiln Estate has a vivid, bright bouquet of black cherry, mulberries, flowery incense, and spice to go with a medium-bodied, silky, incredibly elegant style on the palate. It shows a more focused, fresh side to the Russian River yet still has beautiful fruit. It's a terrific wine, as well as a smoking value.
This Pinot Noir is nearly full bodied with complex fruit of ripe strawberry raspberry and black cherry mixed with baking spice and licorice, toasted oak and savory autumn leaf elements joining sustained ripe fruit on the mid palate. The finish is long with moderate intensity fine tannins, balanced acidity with cherry cola and faint floral notes joining lingering ripe fruit.
The 2017 Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir is bold and complex, yet balanced on the palate. It’s a great pairing with rich, flavorful dishes like Porchetta served with herbed, oven roasted potatoes, or with sheep’s milk cheeses like P’tite Basque or Caciocavallo.