The 2012 Rickshaw Pinot Noir is the fourth vintage from the team at Banshee Wines. As difficult as it is to produce excellent Pinot Noir, it is even more difficult to do so at a fine value. In their development of the Banshee label, the winemakers gained a stable of quality sources for Pinot fruit from the finest AVAs in California. A large percentage of the 2012 Rickshaw is sourced from the Sonoma Coast, followed by Anderson Valley, and Santa Barbara County. To preserve the freshness of the vintage, Rickshaw barreled just 15% of the vintage in new French oak before bottling, 10% in stainless steel, and the rest in neutral barrels. From the winery: “This wine sings with unmistakable and pure Pinotosity! It has a compelling mix of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry notes combined with a stylishly integrated structure.”
Exhibits aromas of plum, blueberry and raspberry. The palate is filled with sweet raspberry and cherry fruits with warm cocoa tones. This wines brightness and fine tannins come together in a fruit laden finish.
“Scents of earth give way to a lean set of palate flavors, the texture surprisingly nimble and bright. This wine’s tannins are forceful at the moment, needing a bit of time in the cellar to integrate with the fruit.”