Reflecting its Sonoma Coast origins and the long, cool growing season, the 2006 SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR captures a more elegantly Burgundian expression of Pinot Noir than the 2005 vintage. In the bouquet, this cool-climate charm takes the form of bright, fresh and flirtatious cherry and strawberry flavors. These fetching aromas are echoed on the palate, where complex layers of mulled cherries, strawberries and raspberries intermingle with spicy cinnamon and clove elements. This wine seamlessly combines silky and resolved tannins with juicy mouth-watering natural acidity, making it a natural partner for an array of delicious dishes.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) This concentrated, cherry-filled Pinot is marked by both serious depth and a certain gregarious youth, and its riveting sense of genuinely juicy fruit makes it the most rewarding of Patz & Hall's lineup of very fine wines. Its neatly layered oak provides a real boost in richness without placing undue restraints on the wine's lovely fruit, and that fruit handily outdistances a brief bit of heat at the finish. We could happily drink this with beef medallions right now, but prudence and a few years ...
Burghound(2003 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Burghound in Issue 19, Jul 01, 2005
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/05