2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
This enticing and intricate blend includes 18 individual wine lots sourced from eight different vineyards located in this marine-influenced region. Ocean winds are an afternoon blessing, carrying cool fog to blanket these sites, sometimes late into the next morning. This weather pattern lengthens the “hang time,” allowing good flavor development.
A broad spectrum of grape clones were incorporated – the old California “classics” Pommard, Swan and Martini, along with relative newcomers Dijon 115, 667 and 777. Merry's own UCD 37 also contributed to this complex mélange. Our wines crave lots of new French oak, so this supple wine benefits from the oak sweetness provided by 10 months of aging in 56% new barrels.
This Pinot has a lovely, intriguing aroma. It begins by showcasing cool-area fruits – huckleberries, lingonberries, currants, ripe strawberries, red raspberries and blueberries. Mexican cocoa, chai tea, cinnamon and nutmeg add warm spicy tones. Roasted nuts, morels and mineral notes form an ethereal impression of earthiness. In the mouth, we find a smooth, even palate with good tannin and ample acidity just right for aging. A bit of cherry cordial and toasty caramel augments the long finish of this winsome Pinot.
"Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a rounded, lovely expression of rhubarb compote and black tea that's softly layered on the palate. Rose petals invite first before wild blueberry and nutmeg make their mark, supported by juicy acidity and a grippy length of tannin." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, April 2017
90 points / Very highly recommended
"Medium ruby; attractive, forward, relatively intense, black cherry fruit aroma with hints of mushroom, Asian spice, and damp earth; medium to medium-full body; rich, textured, firmly structured, Bing cherry and red berry fruit flavors with hints of cola and vanilla, and some weight and textured in the mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste." California Grapevine, December 2016