Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, 2016

$ 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

Having the luxury of working with a number of great sites in Sonoma County, it is relatively easy to combine just the right things to reflect the origins of the material, be it a single site, a neighborhood/zone within an AVA (American Viticultural Area), an AVA or even just a delicious wine that crosses AVA boundaries.  This is the latter. 

Pretty, bright red fruits, a note of vanillin, with slightly earthy/woodsy notes are on the nose initially.  On the mouth it shows a mouthwatering, delicate little kernel of strawberry-rhubarb flavor that radiates throughout the long and graceful finish.  Often overlooked because it is not too ‘exclusive’ it is the real sleeper of our Pinot Noir portfolio.  I used to wish that folks in the restaurant trade would pay more attention to this wine.  Now, it sells out a little faster than I’d prefer.  Yep, be careful about what you wish for…





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  1. Judi Scherrer

    VinousApril 2020
    The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Bright, full and wonderfully deep, the 2016 has so much to offer. Fred Scherrer likes to release his wines a bit later than most. Readers will find a Pinot that is just starting to show the first signs of aromatic development, yet that also has more than enough freshness to drink well for at least another handful of years. Sweet tobacco, dried herbs, mint, pine, dried cherry and licorice add striking layers of complexity. This is a terrific showing. 91 Points. Antonio Galloni

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Purely Domestic Wine ReportMay 2020
    The nose is juicy and dense black plum with a refreshing spice, herb, blueberry, clay and graphite. The palate entry is lean red berry, cherry and blue fruit with a core of clean, mouth coating dry acidity. Drink 2020 – 2024 89 Points. Doug Wilder

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