Sonoma-Loeb, Russian River Valley (Sonoma County, California) Pinot Noir Bateman Ranch 2015

($60): Sonoma-Loeb’s Bateman Ranch Pinot Noir emphasizes the mineral-like flavors as opposed to the fruit flavors of their Dutton Ranch bottling.  It’s firmer than the Dutton Ranch bottling, but like its brother, it has impeccable balance and suave tannins.  Is one “better” than the other?  I think not.  They are different, which is why the two of them are so enjoyable.  Those who prefer more fruit and opulence in their wines will lean toward the Dutton Ranch.  Those consumers who prefer leaner more angular Pinot Noir with less fruit and more mineral-like components will prefer the Bateman.  My suggestion is to buy them both, have people over for dinner and extol the differences.
93 Michael Apstein Aug 22, 2017