Lot #38 KANZLER VINEYARDS, BOB CABRAL WINES

PARTNERS IN PINOT

Pinot Noir
  • Kanzler Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

Exclusive to the Sonoma County Barrel Auction is this first-ever collaborative lot between well-known winemakers Bob Cabral and Alex Kanzler. “Partners in Pinot” highlights what a master, and an up-and-comer, both love most about fruit grown in this special southwest corner of the Russian River Valley on Goldridge soil. “Collaborating with Bob over the last several years has been an honor for me as a grape grower, and an educational bounty as an evolving winemaker,” says Alex Kanzler. “As far as my approach, there is no special block or row at the estate. We farm all 14.5 acres to the highest caliber we can, make the best possible pick calls, and taste our barrels for the most intriguing flavors that evoke the place and the vintage.”

After 42 vintages, Bob still harvests Pinot Noir grapes when he tastes the acid, tannin and flavor balance he is looking to achieve in the glass. He uses about 35% whole cluster in the fermenter to add stem tannin to the wine and does not use any cultured yeast or malolactic bacteria. He travels to the Vosges Mountains in France and harvests the trees himself for one of the barrel types he uses. The wood is aged there for three years and then the staves are shipped to a cooper in Benicia, California, where his specific toast levels for Pinot Noir are applied.

The fortunate winning bidder will find an explosion of wild raspberries, blueberry fruits, savory notes of sweet herbs and smoked charcuterie. A trusted palate known to Bob and Alex once opined during a tasting, “Kanzler is the easiest to identify, and the hardest to describe.” This feature is known as the “Kanzler spice,” which speaks to the terroir’s unique warm spiciness. This lot’s vibrancy and balance of acid, tannin and concentration results in a wine that will taste amazing young and even better with 5-8 years of bottle age on it.

WINEMAKER(S): Alex Kanzler (Kanzler Vineyards), Bob Cabral (Bob Cabral Wines)

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: April 2023

National Distribution: AZ, CT, HI, IL, MD, MI, MN, MO, NV, NY, NC, ND, SC, SD, TN, TX, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.