This vintage is a selection of superb Pinot Noir grapes from the Sonoma Coast. The region combines cool ocean climate and sufficient rainfall to promote natural sugar development and flavorful grape acidity. Nose: This wine has an expression of red cherry, cranberry and plum coupled with lingering notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a subtle hint of clove. Palate: Red cherry, plum, vanilla, citrus, toasted pine nuts with a mineral aspect. Fine tannin structure and a long finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSomewhat light in aromatic volume but nicely focused, this one performs pretty much as promised in clean, medium-full-bodied flavors that run into a surprising bit of tannic astringency at the close. Time may soften its coarser edges, but the wine is likely to remain in the "almost" camp.