The 2005 Sonoma County Pinot Noir possesses good, red berry fruit and refreshing acidity but also a distinct earthy spice to it. Unlike some of the previous versions of this wine, the 2005 Sonoma Pinot is not all about the fruit but also shows more complex, secondary flavors as well. Undoubtedly, this is due to the Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Coast fruit, which tends to be less purely fruit driven and have more forest and earthy characteristics. Although this wine drinks well by itself we find that it really shines with some food, such as salmon on the grill or other grilled fish or lighter meats.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis is a very interesting Pinot Noir. It is at once nicely filled with the ripe, lilting red cherry fruit of the best from Sonoma and at the same has taken on complexing nuances of spice, bacon and hardwoods. It is full and supple on the palate with a noticeable velvety impression already beginning to emerge, and yet there is nothing soft or overly forward about the wine at this point. Set this one aside for a few years and let its fruit soften and fill out even further.