Landmark Kanzler Pinot Noir 2005
The Kanzler Vineyard, located in a cool microclimate southwest of Sebastopol, has been producing outstanding wines for a decade. Medium deep ruby color; deep, spicy black cherry aromas; rich, ripe, spice, black cerry fruit, forward, silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich and ripe, this is a relaly pretty Pinot with a great silkiness in the mouth.
Landmark Vineyards was founded in 1974 in Windsor by Bill Mabry and his family. In 1989 one of its investors, Damaris Deere Ethridge, took control of the estate and relocated it to Sonoma Valley. Deere Ethridge managed the estate and hired consulting winemaker Helen Turley and winemaker Eric Stern to improve the wines. The estate soon became noted for its Chardonnays. In 2011 the estate was sold to Roll Global, parent company of Fiji Water. Landmark has an 11-acre vineyard but sources most of its grapes from highly-regarded vineyards in Sonoma, Carneros, the Russian River Valley and Santa Barbara County. Landmark makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah.