The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

Wine Enthusiast, January 11, 2019

Wayfarer Vineyard | The Tasting with Todd Kohn

purely domestic wine report \ vol. 7.1, December 2018
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2016 Pinot Noir The Traveler

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2015 Pinot Noir The Traveler

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2014 Pinot Noir The Traveler

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2013 Pinot Noir The Traveler

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2012 Pinot Noir The Traveler

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99 points
Jeb Dunnuck,, August 2019

“My favorite in the lineup was the 2016 Pinot Noir The Traveler, but these are all pretty much desert island wines... Sensational notes of passion fruits, blood orange, black raspberries, spice, and crazy floral notes give way to medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that’s just about as good as it gets. With perfect tannins, a seamless, weightless texture, no hard edges, and a blockbuster finish, this finesse-driven, elegant Pinot Noir needs to be tasted to be believed.”

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98 points
Jeb Dunnuck,, August 13, 2018

“The only special cuvee made in 2015, the 2015 Pinot Noir The Traveler comes from a suitcase clone (from a great, great producer in Burgundy) that was completely destemmed and spent 11 months in barrel. Awesome on the nose, with notes of violets, caramelized raspberries, blueberries, underbrush and spice, it has an ethereal texture, incredible purity and a killer finish. In short, I love this wine. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years. There’s just 100 cases produced.

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98 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2016

Structured, with years to go to take on added complexity and personality, this wine is also a study in immediate gratification, as it's presently so juicy and easy to enjoy. It comes from an east-facing block, planted to a suitcase clone. Exotic, rich red and black berry and cinnamon form an alliance of balance and mouthwatering seduction. The oak and tannin are fully in sync, while a salty, meaty finish provides additional decadence.

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94 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 31, 2017

Medium ruby colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Traveler (made from the “suitcase clone”) has an earthy nose of fungi, underbrush, fertile soil and moss with a core of black cherries and cloves, plus wafts of violets and pepper. Medium-bodied, the palate has a great tannic backbone with plenty of freshness cutting through the intense earth and fruit layers, finishing on a wonderful textural note.

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97 points
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, February 2015

From an estate block planted to a mysterious suitcase clone, this is an insanely memorable and indelible Pinot. High in acidity, it discloses a touch of cedar on the back palate, richly luxurious and just aching for wild Sonoma duck adorned in a cherry reduction sauce. Cherry pit, berry, lavender and violet play on the nose and tongue, infusing the wine with a playfulness balanced by power.

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