Review: 2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

Review: 2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

You’ll find Papapietro Perry in a quaint tasting room in Sonoma’s equally quaint Dry Creek Valley. The focus here has long been on pinot noir, and today we look at two new pinot releases from two different parts of the county.

2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Effusive but not dense, this coastal pinot comes off as slightly jammy, its cherry and raspberry core filtered through notes of rhubarb before segueing into a more straightforward strawberry pie character. Turning gently nutty with overtones of chocolate and a touch of tannin as it develops, there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar on the finish that perhaps fits with the theme but which may come off as a touch too sweet. Decanting is a big plus on this wine, or a solid amount of air time in glass. A- / $61

2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Moderately denser, with a meatier, more forceful core. Stuffed full with fruit — plums and cherries in roughly equal proportion — the wine slowly evolves in glass to showcase notes of black tea and cola, then moves into a body of cola and jammy blackberry, slightly sweet but tempered with notes of graphite and turned earth. Chewy and rounded, there’s more complexity to this RRV bottling than the Sonoma Coast expression — which is something of a surprise — with more citrusy brightness lingering on the finish. A / $61

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2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

$61
9.5

Rating

9.5/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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