2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
The diminutive 2017 harvest resulted in a small production of this lovely Pinot. Six vineyards contributed to this vivacious blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. These selections are well-suited to our Sonoma Coast appellation as they originated in the cool Burgundian region of France. Its elegant profile reflects its coastal home with a union of soft textural components and lively fruit. It’s compatible with a myriad of light dishes and just as enticing sipped on its own.
The exotic aroma shows off spicy notes of cardamom, tamarind, allspice and cinnamon. This expands into mouthwatering candied red cherries and berry fruits — red raspberries, wild strawberries, ripe boysenberries and juicy blackberries. Cocoa nibs, cola, white chocolate, candied violets, crème brûlée, caramel and just a hint of blood orange add layers of complexity. The palate echoes the theme of the aroma — intensified. The tannins are round and full, accented by bright acidity. Finely integrated oak complements the fleshy, succulent fruit mouthfeel. Unctuous flavors then taper into a satisfying, spicy black pepper finish.
"This blend of multiple vineyards impresses in its breadth and depth, offering creamy softness and robust yet supple tannin. Toasted oak, nutmeg, clove and brooding black fruit combine effortlessly along a medium-bodied thread of ripe-ness and weight, finishing in a measured richness of chocolate." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2020
"Grown in the southernmost boundary of the Sonoma Coast in the Russian River Valley, six vineyards made up the blend of California and Burgundian Dijon clones for this elegant red. Aromas of cardamom-spiced cherry skins, briar, saddle leather and cola are a treasure to the nose. The impression of complexity and balance of acid and round tannins allow a generous juiciness on the palate. A slight grip on mid-palate includes flavors of espresso, blueberry and oak. The finish wakes up an earthy character, punctuated by cinnamon and black pepper." Meridith May, Tasting Panel magazine, April 2020
"The 2017 Sonoma Coast sports a deep purple/plum color as well as a great bouquet of spiced blackberries, strawberries, scorched earth, violets, and foresty, earthy nuances. Playing in the medium-bodied, forward, sweetly fruited end of the spectrum, it has light tannins, terrific purity of fruit, and outstanding length." Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, May 2020