An exciting introduction to our Pinot Noir program, the Sonoma Coast is the embodiment of cool-climate growing regions. Our journey along the Western edge introduces new parcels into the blend from the Petaluma Wind Gap, southernly located, and a touch of Russian River Valley to provide depth. Hints of rhubarb, rose petal and star anise add complexity as the wine opens up. Dark red fruit, forest floor and holiday spice enhance the freshness and verve on the palate. A remarkable representation of vintage and variety, we are thrilled with its drinkability today and future age-worthiness.
Fruity and earthy in good measure, this memorable wine is effusive in baked cherry and racy acidity, the spice components equally intriguing in cardamom, clove and pepper. Cohesive and supple on the palate, it is a great showcase for the vintage and appellation.
- Wine Enthusiast, 93 pts.
Moving to the reds, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was all destemmed and spent 10 months in 28% new French oak. Bright black cherry, mulberry, and passion fruit, as well as lots of violet and spice notes, emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort. With terrific purity of fruit, a kiss of background oak, and a great finish, it's a terrific appellation wine to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 91 pts.
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