2018 Golden West Pinot Noir
Golden West is rooted in completing the story of Washington State. Winemaker Charles Smith has successfully shown that Washington, like France, can produce great Rhone varietals, Bordeaux varietals and aromatic whites. We began our story of Burgundy with SIXTO; Golden West came from the idea that where Chardonnay lives, so does Pinot Noir.
There is plenty of high-end Pinot Noir in the market and not enough at a really good price that nearly everyone can afford. Golden West fulfills THE PROMISE of what we set out to do: to bring really great wine to a lot more people.
The label is meant to show you where the wine is grown; to show both the geography and that it’s handmade and agricultural. When people think of Pinot Noir, they think artisanal and small. The layers of color signal both the complexity and simplicity of what’s in the bottle.
Vintage leather, cedar, anise and wild strawberry begin this opus of luxuriously perfumed Pinot. The body is layered with pipe tobacco, morels and pie crust that come across the palate pure and full. Focused as it journeys to a seamless, endless crescendo. A work needed to be written. THE NEW CLASSIC. –Winemaker Charles Smith