Sonoma Coast


Pinot Noir

2018

We craft our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir by sourcing from mature hillside vineyard lots that lend to a rich, voluptuous core. Aromas of dark cherry, and red stone fruit are reflected on the palate, further complemented by fine tannins. French oak reveal subtle spice notes that lead to a long finish.

Sonoma Coast

The Sonoma Coast appellation, spanning the Northern California coastline, is renowned for its marine influence and Burgundian-style terroir. Mild days and cooling breezes from the Pacific Coast offer ideal growing conditions for elegant Pinot Noir wines. Sourced from mature hillside vineyard lots that lend to a rich, voluptuous core.

Winemaking

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand picked in October. After destemming, the grapes were whole-berry fermented in open-top fermenters, which were punched down manually to provide maximum flavor and minimum harsh tannins. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to a mix of new and matured small French oak barrels for eight months. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh berry flavors.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with lamb chops, duck, risotto, roast chicken or grilled salmon.

Accolades

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94 points, Platinum Medal

94 points, Platinum Medal - 2018 vintage

- Critics Challenge, 2019
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93 points, Rich Cook, Wine Review Online

93 points - 2018 vintage

"Fresh wine! An early release Pinot Noir that’s forward on raspberry and spice, with vibrant acidity, easy oak toast and a long spicy finish that satisfies. No doubt it’ll be hitting the shelves soon -- don’t bet on it being there long."
- Rich Cook, Wine Review Online, June 2019
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91 points, Ultimate Wine Challenge

91 points - 2018 vintage

"Excellent, Highly Recommended. Smoked meat, crushed roses and violet essence are aromatically intriguing. Soft, rich, and expressive, flavors of fresh raspberries gently mesh with lightly herbal tarragon, and a hint of smokiness. The tannins are soft, like buttery leather."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2019
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94 points, Platinum Medal

94 points, Platinum Medal - 2016 vintage

- Winemaker Challenge, 2018
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92 points

92 points - 2016 vintage

"A dark cherry, toasty oak and fall spice expression that satisfies. There is a nice bright acid streak keeping things knit together through the long finish. Serve this with something from the red meat side."
- Rich Cook, Wine Review Online 2018

91 points

91 points - 2013 vintage

"A shy aroma of cherries and subtle spice slowly work out of the glass and into the nose, until a playful medley of flavors approaches confidently. Flavors of ripe strawberry, bright cherries, smashed raspberries, and a whisper of oak mingle before a subtly spicy finish."
- Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2016

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Sonoma Coast

Rich & Voluptuous

Wine Spots Sonoma Coast vineyard

Sonoma Coast, California

The Sonoma Coast AVA runs alongside the Pacific Ocean from San Pablo Bay in the North down to the Mendocino County line and east to the Coastal Ranges. Boasting over 480,000 acres, 7,000 planted with vineyards, the Sonoma Coast is the country's largest AVA. The region was initially created to act as an umbrella AVA to incorporate producers in the cold-climate region that were scattered up along the Pacific Coastline in cooler zones of Sonoma County.