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Cattleya 2019 Belly of the Whale Pinot Noir

$ 8999

Winemaker Notes

The perfect combination of two distinct clones (50/50 of 777 and 667) has produced a Pinot Noir of unparalleled purity and depth of flavor. Enticing aromas of black cherry, baking spice and fig fill the air, as strawberry compote, plum, and Asian spice envelop the palate. In its infancy, this wine’s complex structure and bright acidity ensure a long life ahead.
Critical Acclaim
97pts Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the Sonoma Coast, the 2019 Pinot Noir Belly Of The Whale is a more reserved, inward, and focused wine offering a beautiful blend of spiced red and black fruits intermixed with bouquet garni, crushed stone, and exotic spice-like aromas and flavors. More medium-bodied on the palate, it has a wonderful mid-palate, building yet perfectly ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This is another remarkable wine from Bibiana González Rave. It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for 10-15 years in cool cellars. Bravo!
95pts Wine Enthusiast
Ample aromas of roasted raspberry, white pepper, lemon pepper and rose petals make for a very inviting nose on this bottling. There's approachable richness on the palate, with poached strawberry, and then waves of chai spice leading into a warm, vanilla-laced finish. Fresh acidity pumps through the entire experience.