Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, 2011

$ 42.00

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

While primarily from the Green Valley and Russian River Valley, this really reflects the crisper side of the region in this very cool season. It is a careful blend of both pre– rain and post rain material that compliment and support each other. I love having this flexibility to achieve balance without manipulating the wines. The aromatics are very powerful and geared toward perfumes and higher– notes rather than dark fruits. Very mouth– watering, it is fantastic at the table and is perfect with salmon. It takes the attractive sides of the 2008 vintage of this to a whole new level. Yes, I’d look forward to another vintage like this if that is in the weather cards.





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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Stephan Tanzer’s International Wine CellarJune 2014

    Light, bright red. High-pitched red berry and mineral aromas are complemented by notes of cola and black cardamom. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of blood orange. Clean, racy and focused on the finish, with silky tannins building slowly. 90 points Josh Raynolds

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousFebruary 2015

    The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) is a pretty, understated wine. Crushed flowers, sweet flowers, mint and anise inform a silky, perfumed Pinot with lovely mid-palate pliancy and fine overall balance. I would prefer to drink the 2011 over the next few years given its mid-weight structure. 91 Points. Antonio Galloni

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