Wayfarer Pinot Noir The Traveler 2021

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14.30% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 94
  • WA 97
  • JD 98
  • JS 98
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    The 2021 vintage of the Wayfarer Pinot Noir The Traveler, crafted by the talented winemaker Todd Kohn, is a masterful expression of the unique terroir of Wayfarer Vineyard. This exceptional wine, with its vibrant and evolving character, showcases the harmonious balance and intensity born from a dry and warm vintage. Garnering an impressive 98 points from both Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling, and 97 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, The Traveler stands out as a pinnacle of Wayfarer’s winemaking excellence.
    The Traveler presents a mesmerizing hue, a deep ruby that captures the essence of the Pinot Noir grape. This visual allure is a prelude to the complexity and depth that follow.
    On the nose, The Traveler is a symphony of aromas. It opens with a bouquet of red berries and blood orange, intertwined with delicate notes of roses and dry flowers, reminiscent of a walk through a blossoming garden. As it breathes, layers of white truffles, fresh herbs, and a subtle dusting of earthiness emerge, creating a captivating and evolving aromatic profile.
    On the palate, this Wayfarer Pinot Noir is both intricate and harmonious. The early palate is greeted with flavors of pomegranate and grenadine, seamlessly blending with a backbone of fresh acidity that brings vibrancy and life to the wine. Mid-palate, one can detect hints of toasted spice, adding depth and complexity. The finish is exceptionally long, leaving a mouthwatering impression of saline freshness, a characteristic that assures its outstanding potential for aging. The Traveler’s supple and mouthwatering palate is further enhanced by generous berry and spice layers, culminating in a juicy finish that invites another taste.
    Overall, the 2021 Wayfarer Pinot Noir The Traveler is a testament to the skill of Todd Kohn and the exceptional conditions of the Wayfarer Vineyard. It stands as a brilliant representation of the Wayfarer portfolio, alongside other notable creations such as the Wayfarer Golden Mean Pinot Noir and Wayfarer WF2 Pinot Noir. This wine is an embodiment of Wayfarer’s commitment to producing Pinot Noirs of the highest caliber, a commitment evident in every glass of Wayfarer Pinot.
    The Traveler is a wine with remarkable aging potential. It is expected to evolve and reveal new dimensions of its character over at least the next decade, if not longer, making it a prized addition to any cellar.
    In conclusion, the Wayfarer Pinot Noir The Traveler 2021 is not just a wine; it is an experience. It’s a journey through the senses, offering a unique glimpse into the artistry of Wayfarer wines. This wine is a must-try for any enthusiast seeking to explore the pinnacle of Pinot Noir craftsmanship.


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    Critical Acclaim

    WS 94
    Wine Spectator
    This has very enticing plum, boysenberry and mulberry fruit flavors, laced with finely beaded acidity and backed by violet, hibiscus and red tea. The finish has latent length and is carried effortlessly by the acidity. If you're a fan of the fruit-driven style, you'll love this.
    WA 97
    Wine Advocate
    The 2021 Pinot Noir Mother Rock is complex and expressive. It comes from east-facing Mt. Eden and 777 selection vines and was vinified using 15% whole clusters. Proprietor Cleo Pahlmeyer and winemaker Todd Kohn note that most of the wines in the Wayfarer portfolio are based on destemmed fruit, "but in this vintage, a touch more worked here." It takes some coaxing to release its aromas of strawberry and raspberry jam, shiitake, forest floor and wafts of cocoa. The palate is supple and mouthwatering with generous berry and spice layers, and the flavorful, juicy finish drives you to take another taste.
    JD 98
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Coming from one east-facing and one west-facing block of deeper soils and made from suitcase clones, the 2021 Pinot Noir The Traveler is a little more wound up initially in terms of its aromatics, with red berries, dusty earth, and blood orange. The most lifted and driving of the wines from Wayfarer, it has a fresh spine of acidity, beautiful pure fruit of grenadine, notes of toasted spice, and a super-long finish. This is mouthwatering with saline and freshness that will be outstanding over the next 15 or more years. My favorite of the Wayfarer reds, it’s a brilliant wine.
    JS 98
    James Suckling
    Aromas of hibiscus and other flowers with some rose petal and al dente strawberry. Orange peel. Like going into a flower shop. Medium body with superb focus and pinpointed fruit and acidity. So flavorful at the end. Goes on for minutes. Exciting.

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