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The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

Wine Enthusiast, January 11, 2019

Wayfarer Vineyard | The Tasting with Todd Kohn

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2016 Pinot Noir Golden Mean

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2014 Pinot Noir Golden Mean

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2013 Pinot Noir Golden Mean

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2012 Pinot Noir Golden Mean

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95+ points
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 2019

“The 2016 Pinot Noir Golden Mean comes mostly from the Swan clone yet includes plenty of Pommard as well. The cuvée comes from two parcels in the estate vineyard, is cofermented (with around 10% whole cluster), and spent 15 months in 67% new French oak. It offers a more black fruited style with a huge nose of black cherries, scorched earth, charcoal, and just a hint of exotic flowers. Medium-bodied, rich, and structured, it’s another wine that builds with time in the glass. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade.”

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97 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Dark, brooding cinnamon and fleshy black plum provide an exciting, complex counterpoint to the rakish earthiness and exotic Asian spice going on in this full-bodied, explosively compelling wine, its minerality lingering. It’s young and still tightly coiled, with lingering minerality; let it open to enjoy now, but it would show best after some time, so cellar through 2024.

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95 points
James Suckling, JAMESSUCKLING.COM, May 2017

Lightening acidity here with vibrant and ripe fruit that gives depth and beauty. Wonderful verve to this well-crafted pinot. Such energy. Drink or hold.

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96 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

Crafted from estate-grown fruit—a marriage of Pommard and Swan clones—Golden Mean comes from three distinct vineyard blocks, the Pommard fermented whole-cluster. It
opens with dark, ripe layers of lush cherry-vanilla, the wine concentrated and rich in oak yet balanced in acidity. On the finish is a mix of leather, licorice and wild herb. Tuck it away through 2020–2022.

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