This is a new bottling for us and not to be confused with the Sonoma County bottling. The last time we bottled a ‘Sonoma Coast’ Pinot Noir was 2002. Elegant, soft and pliable with subtle sassafras, raspberry and rose hip flavors, it really marries the fruit and non-fruit elements into a fairly seamless unit. There is a fresh grain note that counterpoints the fruitier aspects of this variety.
This is more of a wine to enjoy in the nearer term while allowing the Russian River or vineyard designate bottlings walk into their zones. We will be consuming this over the winter, for sure.