Robert Parker 98
The Joli Coeur Pinot Noir comes from the sweet spot within the Coteaux Nobles vineyard in Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, planted to an eastern exposure and shallower topsoil. Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2018 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur has a seductive nose of rose oil, kirsch, chocolate-covered cherries and cranberry preserves with hints of cinnamon stick, clove oil, wild mushrooms and forest floor. The full-bodied palate delivers impactful, mouth-coating red berry flavors, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a persistent mineral note. 320 cases were made.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042
Jeb Dunnuck 98+
Coming from shallow soils in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation, the 2018 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur is another beautiful wine. Mulled raspberries, black cherries, violets, game, and exotic spice notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s a wonderfully complex, nuanced 2018 that has flawless balance, a beautiful spine of acidity, and a great finish. As with all of Luc’s wines, it has terrific richness and depth while staying weightless and elegant. It’s drinking beautifully today yet should easily evolve for 10-12 years in cold cellars. It’s a stunning Pinot Noir from this house.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032