Montsecano Pinot Noir Refugio Casablanca Valley 2017
94 Points! The 2017 Refugio Pinot Noir shows a reductive personality that I love as well as some flinty notes, so decanting in advance could be a good idea. Refugio is less prone to frost, as it's made from grapes from the valley. Ostertag's son, Arthur, is now involved in the winemaking, and as a result, they made a lot of changes in 2017, such as including about 25% full clusters in the fermentation. They use no sulfur and no oak in the production of this wine, and it has some of the character from the full clusters. However, the palate is very relaxed and harmonious and also mineral, with plenty of finesse and perfectly ripe fruit without excess. This is subtle, elegant and simply amazing; it has depth yet is approachable and very drinkable. I love the style of this wine. I believe this is the best vintage they have ever produced. A real bargain. I'd buy this by the case. It has some aging potential. It was bottled in February 2018. - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate
93 Points! Cedar, strawberry, flower, light iodine, and oyster shell. Medium to full body, silk tannins and a juicy finish. Shows soul. From Alsace's Andrew Ostertag and Julio Donoso. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grown grapes. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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