2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Vines in this cool coastal area of Sonoma County feel the strong marine influence of both the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Five lots of wine make up this lovely, ethereal blend, combining four clones: Dijon 115 and 777 along with Merry's own UCD 37 and her mentor Joe Swan’s selection. The 2015 vintage was quite shy in overall production. This region had very poor fruit set − the result for us was a yield of just 1,100 cases.
This attractive Sonoma Coast Pinot is lively and bright from the outset. The nose literally pops with a potpourri of wild berries, perfumed rose petals, lavender and spice. Swirl a glass of this wine – scents of luscious strawberry-rhubarb pie, peach and citrus blossoms, pomegranate and red currant are revealed. Savory notes of sage, prosciutto and cedar are also present, complementing the profusion of fruit. Balanced, elegant and graceful, this wine’s focused aromatic complexity glides evenly onto the palate. A flashy mouthfeel offers racy acidity, a perfect foil for the mellow, smooth tannins. The finish is lasting and sustains its fresh impression throughout.
"The medium to deep ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has a very pretty nose of crushed red cherries, raspberry pie and baking spices with hints of rose petals, wild thyme and black tea. Medium-bodied and elegantly styled in the mouth, it features vibrant red fruits and a fine-grained yet firm frame, finishing long and lively." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018
"Gritty in oak, this coastal appellation wine is bright and herbal, offering crisp, vibrant overtones of cranberry, pomegranate, strawberry and rose. A streak of fresh mint and lavender adds floral elements that contribute to its lovely profile of delicate elegance, supported by mellowed oak." Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018
"Makes a strong initial push of generous plum and black cherry flavors, with touches of herb, cedar and spice, adding depth and dimension to the core fruitiness." James Laube, Wine Spectator, December 2017