Pinot Noir | 750ml | ABV 14.4%
The wine shows focused blueberry, black cherry and ripe currants in the nose, followed by intense blackberry and cassis. In the background, there is a dusting of cocoa and black plum. The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the centre of your palate and slowly melt into all areas of the mouth. There are focused acidity and a tannic grip that carry the rich dark fruit character towards the midpalate, followed by creamy black cherry, dark plum and dried currants. There is the intensity to this wine that is followed by a slow release of complex flavours and textures, leading to a long and lingering finish.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - 92. "The 2011 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) has a bit of a darker toned than the Russian River bottling, and also firmer in its tannin. Plum, black cherry, menthol, tobacco and liquorice meld together gracefully as the 2011 opens up in the glass. The combination of fruit and structure is compelling. This is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot, due in part to the vineyard blend, which in 2011 includes 40% fruit from Gap's Crown, along with Terra del Promissio and Walala."
Wine Spectator - 90. "Fresh and vibrant, tight and well-balanced, with zesty, snappy raspberry and wild berry notes, this gains richness and depth on the licorice-accented finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,004 cases made."