Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, 2012

$ 52.00

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

This is our first 2012 Pinot Noir release from what is becoming a (rightly so) highly regarded vintage. It has great intensity and everything is in the right proportions. While this bottling is normally not what I consider to be a wine destined for really long term cellaring, this vintage is probably a rare exception. It has some of the beautiful perfumes of the 2011, the verve of the 2008 and some of the concentration of the 2010.

It is focused around bright red fruits, fresh loam, rose petals, and snappy acidity leading to a mouth-watering, long finish. This is a wine that absolutely over-delivers on the expectations due to the label being ‘merely’ Sonoma County (which I find to be an unfortunate expectation for such a great, complex region). Don’t be fooled by our understatement on the label. Coming from prime real estate in the heart of Russian River Valley this is a real over-achiever. It is a wine that should be put into blind tastings with ‘fancier’ wines to keep things honest.





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  1. Judi Scherrer

    VinousFebruary 2016

    Scherrer’s 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) is a terrific appellation-level offering. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, mint, cherry pit and rose petal are finely sketched in a wine that delivers superb quality for the money. 89 Points. Antonio Galloni

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Wine SpectatorSeptember 2016

    A delicate, fleshy style, showing fresh, juicy raspberry and wild berry flavors, with subtle anise and light earth shadings, a loamy edge and lingering watermelon and cherry aftertaste. Drink now. 91 Points. Jim Laube

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