Pali Wine Co. is a fairly new winery—2005 was the first vintage. They brought a diverse field of single vineyard Pinot Noir to the market under the expert winemaking oversight of Brian Loring (Loring Wine Co.). The wines were released at a price that was considered very competitive, perhaps unheard of, for some of the more sought after vineyard sites. The ’06/’07 vintages were expansive, covering every Pinot hotspot on the west coast, all released in limited numbers, some no more than a few hundred cases.
Things have clearly changed for 2008. Gone are many of the $45 single vineyard wines. In their place, an appellation specific line blended from multiple vineyards within. Prices appear to be in the $19-$29 range. As for the single vineyard wines, a Shea Vineyard Chardonnay and a first-ever Boer Vineyard Grenache—both about $30; both wines I would love to try.
Turner Vineyard Tasting notes:
Simply hefty and bold. Of all the single vineyard designate and appellation Cuvée Pinots that I have sampled, the Turner Vineyard is by far the most ample. I find there is a baseline, uncomplicated appeal to this wine simply because it shows a bit of muscle without stepping out of character.
Watermelon Jolly Rancher, blackberry finish and tart, vegetal rhubarb. Perfect with a slight chill. Smooth yogurt finish—developed flavors, taught texture. Stylistically, this is the kind of Pinot Noir that would do well in a blind tasting—quick to engage, sweet flavor triggers of clover honey, maple, and ripe plums, soft spices of the baking variety, and a quenching minerality. Exaggerated tea-like flavor and aroma notes.