A mere 85 cases were produced of this stunning Pinot Noir. Coming from the Sun Chase Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap region), the 2018 Pinot Noir Belly of the Whale release was 90% destemmed and spent 15 months in 35% new French oak. It’s a slightly darker, more Burgundian style of Pinot Noir with "gorgeous notes of black cherries, scorched earth, violets, forest floor, and chocolaty spice all emerging from the glass. It shows a cool-climate style on the palate with medium-bodied richness, perfect balance between its fruit, tannins, and acidity, no hard edges, and a great finish. This wine will benefit with a long decant and will evolve to be even better with a few more years in bottle.” While her 'Cuvée #1' bottling which we regularly carry is more upfront and approachable, this is for those who love great Pinot that can be enjoyed for 10-12 years. 97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck.