Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, 2003

$ 40.00

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County varies in its expression according to where it is grown. This wine exhibits the sassafras character of coastal Pinot Noirs, as well as the cola of those from the area between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Moderately structured, it has a central core of red fruits and lightly toasty oak that anchor these coastal and inland elements. It should be at its best two to six years after the vintage.

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Winemaker's Notes

In 2003, I had a few fermentation lots that combined very well into a wine that reflects bits of Pinot personality from the entire county rather than the Sonoma Coast or the Russian River Valley. It has aromas of strawberry preserves, morello cherry, a hint of sassafras and well integrated oak that unfold into a very long, supple finish. Our first Pinot Noir that carries this designation, this is for those of you that have repeatedly requested a $25 Pinot Noir. Recently, I brought a bottle home for dinner, and Judi couldn’t believe we weren’t going to charge more for this. It is rare to find Pinot Noir of this quality for the price. I expect it to be at its best within a couple years from release.





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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMay 2006

    Medium-light brickish ruby; attractive, forward, spicy, red cherry and strawberry fruit aroma showing distinct varietal character; full body; forward, moderately concentrated, ripe, spicy, elegant, cedary, dark plum and black cherry fruit flavors; well balanced and structured; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now. Highly recommended. Nick Ponomareff

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