2016 Black Kite Cellars 'Kite Rest' Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, USA
Dynamic and multi-layered, the 2016 Kite’s Rest Vineyard Pinot Noir is a harmonious blend of the three distinct blocks that comprise their Anderson Valley estate vineyard. Lively violet, rose potpourri, plum, vanilla, and spice highlight the aromatic profile, while the edgy core of cranberry and raspberry gains dark berry richness on the long, gracefully structured finish.
Rated 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
Good balance and a plethora of juicy, ripe fruit flavors highlight this full-bodied wine. It has generous black cherry and light baking-spice aromas, plenty of cherry and sour cherry in the flavors and a moderately tannic texture livened by good acidity.
Rated 91 Points Jeb Dunnuck
A different beast coming from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, the 2016 Pinot Noir Kite’s Rest offers more red and blue fruits as well as notes of candied violets, bay leaf, underbrush, and incense. Supple, nicely textured, with terrific purity of fruit, and nicely integrated acidity, it’s another terrific wine from this estate.
Rated 91 Points Wine Spectator
Complex and refined, if on a modest scale, this presents a trim mix of graceful plum and wild berry flavors shaded by spice and light oak notes, gaining depth and dimension on the finish.