2018 Boars' View Pinot Noir

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2018 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Boars' View Estate
Sonoma Coast
100% Pinot Noir
Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan Clones
10 months in a mix of François Frères, Remond, and Gauthier French oak barrels [ 50% new ]
Thomas Rivers Brown

In a vintage like 2018, nature handles much of the early leg work for creating a memorable wine, and this vintage we had a lot of positive attributes in our favor. There is a complex woven harmony of dark red fruit, precise structure, and a pleasant spice compliment found in this wine. Aromas of cranberry compote, sandalwood, and lavender swell from the glass. The palate experience is dense with layers of black cherry, nutmeg, quince, plum paste, and lilac. The coating, decadent fruit quality is balanced with a mouth-watering acidity that draws out the extended floral finish. Overall, this is a wine that possesses a wealth of riches, reflective of the generous growing season, and contemplative winemaking practices.


Wine Spectator headline tells it all — 2018 Wine Harvest Report: Sonoma Sings of an Ideal Year.

We heartily agree. 2018 was a winemaker’s dream. Thomas has commented the vintage benefitted thin-skinned varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that do best to stay away from big heat. Overall the season gave us warm days with no crazy heat spells or spikes that allowed for even development of sugars in the grapes and produced a decent size crop. With the full yields, we attained an optimal balance of crop load to vine vigor and we were able to hold the fruit on the vine longer for enhanced character and richness. When yields are too low, the vine does not have enough to do and the ripening pace becomes very fast and in some harvests, sugars can blow past target ripening in a single day. With the 2018 yields, the vintage provided an ideal opportunity for crop thinning and cluster selection and allowed the fruit to achieve true and complete ripeness.

The moderate temperatures offered a massive picking window that allowed us to slow roll it, pick some fruit, taste it, think about it, and pick again. We were really able to dial in the picking window and thankfully there were no 'oh crap moments' where you had to push to get everything off the vine in a snap. Early bud break, late harvest, decent crop size, and even weather.

As Thomas says, “The best vintages are the ones we do not remember. No drama, no trauma, always a very good sign.”

Critical Praise 

Rated 95 pts. Lastly, the 2018 Pinot Noir The Coast saw the standard complete destemming and spent 10 months in 50% new French oak. It shows a killer bouquet of sweet black raspberry fruits as well as baking spices, forest floor, licorice, darker, earthy notes. With full-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, it's a step up over the 2017 (and the 2016) and is going to impress for a solid 10-12 years.

— Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com