In 2016, our Sonoma Coast blend combines eight individual lots of wine grown at five distinctive vineyard sites. The profile is a true cool-climate expression of Pinot Noir - elegant and nuanced in aroma with a palate that's light on its feet. This Pinot is equally comfortable as a before-dinner treat or paired with an early course as part of a sumptuous banquet.
Highly expressive, this Pinot has an aroma suffused with Queen Anne cherries, red and gold raspberries, blueberries and plums. Balancing this abundant fruit is a savory side - aged Italian salami, prosciutto, rosemary, mushroom and black tea. Notes of Grand Marnier, cinnamon spice, cracked black pepper and lightly smoked oak add even more depth.
On the dense entry, fine tannins build a sweet, mellow palate. It's laced with brown spices, a hint of bramble, cocoa powder and a bit of cranberry. One might even find a hint of the blood orange and lemon-infused Averna Amaro from Sicily, which provides additional depth. An elegant, well-balanced wine, the finish is firm and focused. You might be surprised by how well this coastal Pinot will develop in your cellar.
Wine EnthusiastSultry red fruit is seasoned in cardamom and baking spice with a lovely lilt of orange peel that accentuates the underlying acidity. Thick and concentrated on entry, the wine settles into a velvety smooth and floral expression of coastal crunchy fruit.
Wine SpectatorA taut red, with a savory essence to the concentrated dried red fruit and sun-dried tomato flavors. Crisp finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made.