2013 Boars' View Pinot Noir

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2013 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Boars' View Estate
Sonoma Coast
100% Pinot Noir
Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan Clones
12 months in a mix of François Frères, Remond, and Ermitage French oak barrels [ 65% new ]
Thomas Rivers Brown

The 2013 Boars’ View Pinot Noir is a monumental wine with lustrous dark garnet color and tremendous depth and concentration. Upon entry, the wine offers loads of purple fruit character with a sumptuous cornucopia of plums and homemade berry compote laced with threads of vanilla crème brûlée and creamy milk chocolate. Enticing notes of sweet spice and cardamom beautifully enhance the rich fruit profile. Super supple and silky smooth, this gorgeous wine is nothing short of extraordinary.


Warm spring temperatures during the 2013 growing season produced an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set. The favorable conditions seamlessly continued through the summer with consistently warm summer days and cool nights provided by the marine layer that rolls in just below the vineyard. The rain stayed away throughout the summer and into harvest allowing us to pick the grapes at our leisure after an even, textbook growing season — every winemaker’s dream.


The Boars’ View vineyard is ideally situated well above the fog belt of the pacific coast on a gentle sloping cornice that enjoys optimal sun exposure. Temperate maritime conditions protect the vineyard from winter’s chill and offer natural cooling from the summer’s heat. The result is a very early budbreak followed by a long and moderate growing season. The vineyard is comprised of three distinct soils, predominantly Goldridge Loam perfectly suited to Pinot Noir, threads of pebbly gravel, and a small section of coastal clay ideal for growing Chardonnay.

Critical Praise 

Rated 95 pts.  Even more stunning is the 2013 Pinot Noir, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows complex forest floor notes, damp earth and Asian plum sauce interwoven with blackcurrant and black cherry as well as hints of underbrush and spring flowers. Deep, rich, complex and showing loads of fruit, it should be drunk over the next 5-7 years.

— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 95 pts.  Bold, rich and assertive, with lively acidity and a tight, dense core of raspberry and blackberry, revealing rose, anise and spice scents. Supple, graceful and deep, this ends with a long, rich aftertaste and a supple, caressing texture. Drink now through 2024.

— James Laube, Wine Spectator