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Producer: Walt, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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VintageWineColorRatingPriceReviews
2018 Walt Chardonnay Bob's Ranch

The 2018 Chardonnay Bob's Ranch comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it has a rich, medium to full-bodied style with background oak in its orchard fruits, buttered citrus, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Drink this lengthy, juicy Chardonnay over the coming 3-5 years.

  $70 1

The 2018 Chardonnay Bob's Ranch comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, it has a rich, medium to full-bodied style with background oak in its orchard fruits, buttered citrus, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Drink this lengthy, juicy Chardonnay over the coming 3-5 years.

2018 Walt Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

The appellation 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes from a mix of Bob's Ranch and Sangiacomo vineyard fruit and spent 15 months in 30% new French oak. It's slightly softer and more forward, yet still has terrific apple and spiced orange fruit, a kiss of background oak, medium-bodied richness, and a great finish.

  $40 1

The appellation 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes from a mix of Bob's Ranch and Sangiacomo vineyard fruit and spent 15 months in 30% new French oak. It's slightly softer and more forward, yet still has terrific apple and spiced orange fruit, a kiss of background oak, medium-bodied richness, and a great finish.

2018 Walt Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch

I was able to taste two Pinot Noirs from Walt for this report. Starting with the 2018 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch, it was mostly destemmed (95%) and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. It offers an outstanding bouquet of bright black cherry and mulberry fruit intermixed with Asian spices, violets, and pine/foresty notions. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, this terrific Pinot Noir has plenty of classic Sonoma Coast complexity and elegance and will keep for 5-7 years.

  $85 1

I was able to taste two Pinot Noirs from Walt for this report. Starting with the 2018 Pinot Noir Bob's Ranch, it was mostly destemmed (95%) and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. It offers an outstanding bouquet of bright black cherry and mulberry fruit intermixed with Asian spices, violets, and pine/foresty notions. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, this terrific Pinot Noir has plenty of classic Sonoma Coast complexity and elegance and will keep for 5-7 years.

2018 Walt Pinot Noir Gap's Crown

Also from the Sonoma Coast, the 2018 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown was completely destemmed and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. Black raspberries, cranberries, sappy herbs, and spring flower notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, elegant, and lively on the palate, with more acidity than the Bob's Ranch release. It's another classy wine from winemaker Megan Gunderson that should keep for 5-7 years.

  $75 1

Also from the Sonoma Coast, the 2018 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown was completely destemmed and spent 10 months in 45% new French oak. Black raspberries, cranberries, sappy herbs, and spring flower notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, elegant, and lively on the palate, with more acidity than the Bob's Ranch release. It's another classy wine from winemaker Megan Gunderson that should keep for 5-7 years.