(2006 Vintage) The 2006 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast This beautiful wine blends a selection of small, family owned vineyard sites from Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley. A red fruit bouquet of bing cherry and raspberry is overlayed with mulling spice, and is immediately present upon swirling the glass. Aromas are accentuated with notes of cedar, vanilla bean, and sandalwood. Flavors of cassis, spice, and vanilla afford a silky texture and long, round mouth feel complimented by lively acidity and fine tannins. This is a California Wine.
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) Medium ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black fruits, violet, bitter chocolate, smoked meat and underbrush. Sweet, dense and expressive in the mouth, with briary black fruit flavors complicated by violet and meat and supported by a firm mineral spine. Tannins are firm by sweet. This is better than a "regional" pinot has any right to be, but then many Sonoma Coast vineyards carried tiny crop loads in 2005 due to poor weather during the flowering.
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/06.