2014 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir

2014 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir

Clos Platt Vnyd, Sonoma Coast, CA

95 points Galloni | French Laundry's Pick

$74.99
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$75.00
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VARIETAL: Pinot Noir

ALCOHOL: 13.40%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

96 insider points

95 points Vinous Media

Reviews:

A stunning Coastal Pinot Noir with many nuances, nothing typical and at the top of the pack! This 2014 Clos Platt single vineyard pinot is a wine of luxury, its vibrant bouquet will fool you as it's loaded with gorgeous lush fruit. Once it hits the palate the fruit shines Burgundian, savory, rich, interesting. There are nuances of ripe red fruits and baking spices mingled with layers of nice sexy silky tannins. It's like a cashmere scarf that you just want to keep petting. I love the fruit decadence while the earth tones remind me of a good Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru. Pound for pound a much better buy to me than the big namers that demand a $100 plus price point in the retail market. One you cannot regularly get but NEED to have! Savor this one pinot fanatics. ~James Byus III, Premier Wine Concierge, invino

”Succulent dark cherry, plum, cloves, menthol and new leather open up in the 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Platt. A vibrant, nuanced wine, the Platt stands out for its vertical structure, firm beams of supporting tannin and exceptional balance. Today, the Platt is dark, mysterious and full of personality. Interestingly, Platt and Terra Neuma are next to each other, and yet the wines are so vividly different.”~Antonio Galloni (92-95)

Why We're Drinking It:

“Today, the Platt is dark, mysterious and full of personality.” – Antonio Galloni 95 Points


Meticulously grown in the illustrious Platt vineyard, painstakingly fermented and aged by Radio-Coteau, this Pinot Noir testifies to the blinding beauty of Sonoma Pinot Noir. It’s the sort of wine that lands on the wine list of Napa’s famed French Laundry (along with four other Radio-Coteau marvels). If you’re ready for an elite experience, the sort of experience people pay (literally) thousands of dollars to enjoy, then hold on to your hat: this super small, not-available-outside-of-Cali, taste of greatness is your seat at the Laundry.

Why we love it:

Synonymous with exceptional Pinot Noir, Radio-Couteau’s singular focus shows in every sip of this ethereal Pinot Noir. Each grape of Calera clone Pinot is from the Platt Vineyard. We weren’t surprised by Antonio Galloni’s 95 points rating, Radio-Coteau’s wines are awash in 90+ point scores and have been since 2002.

Allen Meadows, the Burghound, said of Radio-Coteau’s Eric Sussman: “These are very high-quality wines, harmoniously blending new world fruit with time-honored techniques. Check them out; I think that you’ll be impressed.” And we were indeed impressed.

Platt Vineyard: Vines stand guard over their southwestern slop high above the Sonoma hideaway of Bodega. This vineyard was originally planted to Riesling, a remarkable statement about its cool climate. Joan Platt tends this legacy plot with incredible care. The vines are organically grown, ensuring that the beauty of the Goldridge, sandy clay-loam soils will endure far into the future.

Tasting Notes:

The 2014 Clos Platt Pinot Noir is an expected ruby in color, but interestingly has a slight blue hue when observed in glass. The nose of the wine brings to mind red and black fruit including brandied red cherry, ripe strawberry, and spiced black plum. A hint of orange zest can also be detected on the nose but remains tempered on the palate. Upon further reflection a secondary aroma of roasted nut asserts itself amongst the red fruit, which drives the palate. Furthermore, cinnamon spice and other sweet seasonings intertwine themselves among the fruit tones. These flavors continue to mingle with an understated yet persistent mineral and dry sous bois backdrop.

The Story to Know:

Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. Focus is on organic, detailed viticulture in conjunction with a natural, non-interventionist approach in the cellar to more accurately reflect the unique character of each site and season. The winery is situated in Sebastopol, and the estate vineyard is located in the hills above Occidental, California.

Established in 2002 by Winegrower and Proprietor Eric Sussman

From the Winery about Clos Platt:

In honor of Lew Platt we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with proprietor Joan Platt, viticulturist Daniel Roberts, and the fruit from this rugged vineyard above the Sonoma coastline. Organic farming and precision viticulture set the stage for this two-acre block nestled within a clos, yielding petite clusters full of finesse and exuberance. The Clos Platt Pinot Noir is not only unique in that the fruit comes from a single block but is planted to a single clone of Pinot Noir - Calera. This allows a demonstrative opportunity to individually highlight each vintage. The 2014 Clos Platt Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has fine tannin, vibrant acidity, and a deep core of coastal fruit. The wine's noble strcutre was further enhanced over a 15–month élevage in 40% new tight-grain French oak.

Perfect Pairings:

I want Carne Asada or Carnitas tacos! We love Mexican food out here and you won't find any better in the country than in Cali. Throw on some fresh pico with extra lime, i like grilled onions and peppers also and some cotijo or panela cheese....ding ding ding, knockout! Yes, tacos ar luxurious too or go seared fatty duck breast or sticky ribs from Morimoto's or Roy's. 

~Chef James 

“Today, the Platt is dark, mysterious and full of personality.” – Antonio Galloni 95 Points


Meticulously grown in the illustrious Platt vineyard, painstakingly fermented and aged by Radio-Coteau, this Pinot Noir testifies to the blinding beauty of Sonoma Pinot Noir. It’s the sort of wine that lands on the wine list of Napa’s famed French Laundry (along with four other Radio-Coteau marvels). If you’re ready for an elite experience, the sort of experience people pay (literally) thousands of dollars to enjoy, then hold on to your hat: this super small, not-available-outside-of-Cali, taste of greatness is your seat at the Laundry.

Why we love it:

Synonymous with exceptional Pinot Noir, Radio-Couteau’s singular focus shows in every sip of this ethereal Pinot Noir. Each grape of Calera clone Pinot is from the Platt Vineyard. We weren’t surprised by Antonio Galloni’s 95 points rating, Radio-Coteau’s wines are awash in 90+ point scores and have been since 2002.

Allen Meadows, the Burghound, said of Radio-Coteau’s Eric Sussman: “These are very high-quality wines, harmoniously blending new world fruit with time-honored techniques. Check them out; I think that you’ll be impressed.” And we were indeed impressed.

Platt Vineyard: Vines stand guard over their southwestern slop high above the Sonoma hideaway of Bodega. This vineyard was originally planted to Riesling, a remarkable statement about its cool climate. Joan Platt tends this legacy plot with incredible care. The vines are organically grown, ensuring that the beauty of the Goldridge, sandy clay-loam soils will endure far into the future.

A stunning Coastal Pinot Noir with many nuances, nothing typical and at the top of the pack! This 2014 Clos Platt single vineyard pinot is a wine of luxury, its vibrant bouquet will fool you as it's loaded with gorgeous lush fruit. Once it hits the palate the fruit shines Burgundian, savory, rich, interesting. There are nuances of ripe red fruits and baking spices mingled with layers of nice sexy silky tannins. It's like a cashmere scarf that you just want to keep petting. I love the fruit decadence while the earth tones remind me of a good Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru. Pound for pound a much better buy to me than the big namers that demand a $100 plus price point in the retail market. One you cannot regularly get but NEED to have! Savor this one pinot fanatics. ~James Byus III, Premier Wine Concierge, invino

”Succulent dark cherry, plum, cloves, menthol and new leather open up in the 2014 Pinot Noir Clos Platt. A vibrant, nuanced wine, the Platt stands out for its vertical structure, firm beams of supporting tannin and exceptional balance. Today, the Platt is dark, mysterious and full of personality. Interestingly, Platt and Terra Neuma are next to each other, and yet the wines are so vividly different.”~Antonio Galloni (92-95)

96 insider points

95 points Vinous Media

The 2014 Clos Platt Pinot Noir is an expected ruby in color, but interestingly has a slight blue hue when observed in glass. The nose of the wine brings to mind red and black fruit including brandied red cherry, ripe strawberry, and spiced black plum. A hint of orange zest can also be detected on the nose but remains tempered on the palate. Upon further reflection a secondary aroma of roasted nut asserts itself amongst the red fruit, which drives the palate. Furthermore, cinnamon spice and other sweet seasonings intertwine themselves among the fruit tones. These flavors continue to mingle with an understated yet persistent mineral and dry sous bois backdrop.

Radio-Coteau works closely with select cool-climate coastal vineyard sites in Western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley to produce wines with vibrant, balanced fruit and a distinct sense of place. Focus is on organic, detailed viticulture in conjunction with a natural, non-interventionist approach in the cellar to more accurately reflect the unique character of each site and season. The winery is situated in Sebastopol, and the estate vineyard is located in the hills above Occidental, California.

Established in 2002 by Winegrower and Proprietor Eric Sussman

From the Winery about Clos Platt:

In honor of Lew Platt we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with proprietor Joan Platt, viticulturist Daniel Roberts, and the fruit from this rugged vineyard above the Sonoma coastline. Organic farming and precision viticulture set the stage for this two-acre block nestled within a clos, yielding petite clusters full of finesse and exuberance. The Clos Platt Pinot Noir is not only unique in that the fruit comes from a single block but is planted to a single clone of Pinot Noir - Calera. This allows a demonstrative opportunity to individually highlight each vintage. The 2014 Clos Platt Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has fine tannin, vibrant acidity, and a deep core of coastal fruit. The wine's noble strcutre was further enhanced over a 15–month élevage in 40% new tight-grain French oak.

I want Carne Asada or Carnitas tacos! We love Mexican food out here and you won't find any better in the country than in Cali. Throw on some fresh pico with extra lime, i like grilled onions and peppers also and some cotijo or panela cheese....ding ding ding, knockout! Yes, tacos ar luxurious too or go seared fatty duck breast or sticky ribs from Morimoto's or Roy's. 

~Chef James