Sonoma Coast

Sonoma County




Moore Ranch



Art Robledo

Dutton Ranch

Jim Moore

Harvest Dates

9/28/11,  9/21/11

9/29/11,  9/24/11

Clonal Content

113, 114, 115, 667, 777 Pommard

Alcohol / pH

14.6 % / 3.68

Titratable Acidity

0.58 gms / 100mL

Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(37% new)

Cases Produced


Suggested Retail Price



Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir

Our 2011 Sonoma Coast cuvée features four highly regarded vineyards that were chosen for their diverse characteristics.   The RLR Vineyard, which lies north of Forestville, contributed 33% of the fruit to this blend.  This location features clones 113, 114, and 115 delivering exotic dark berry notes.  RLR was the source for our double gold medal 2010 Foray Pinot .

Another 30% of the fruit came from the Moore Ranch Vineyard on western Occidental Road in the plain of Santa Rosa. This vineyard sees slightly warmer temperatures and less fog during the growing season, resulting in a fully ripened expression of pinot noir. The Moore Ranch contributes 114, 115, 667, and 777 clones that arrive with incredible depth and power.

20% of the blend came from the Dutton-Lorenzo Vineyard that lies at the intersection of the Gravenstein Highway and Ross Station Road, outside Forestville. The vineyard sits on Goldridge sandy loam with a gently sloping exposure. The 667 and 777 clones showcase typical cherry and spice pinot noir characteristics.

The final 17% originates from the Hurst Vineyard, contributing lively aromas and flavors from 115, 777, and Pommard clones.

Winemaker Notes

The 2011 growing season in the Sonoma Coast was challenging, particular as we weighed the advantage of increased hang time against the imminent threat of rain in October.  When all vineyards came in with great flavors and balance, we felt we hit the jackpot.

Our 2011 Sonoma Coast projects berry cobbler and cola in the substantial bouquet. Flavors are well integrated, with generous notes of boysenberry and spice dominating. We like our 2011 Sonoma Coast alongside artisan sausage, polenta, and fresh sourdough and farm butter on the side.


  1. GOLD MEDAL - SF Chronicle 2014 Wine Competition

  2. Prince of Pinot - 90 points - Pinot Value Designation
    “Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of fresh Bing cherries, baking spices and sandalwood spring from the glass. Delicious mid weight black cherry core that is thoroughly satisfying. Impressive structure and power for this vintage, yet displaying welcoming finesse. The finish is noticeably powerful and lingering.”
    - Rusty Gaffney 10/26/13

  3. Wine Enthusiast - 88 points
    “Cola, raspberry jam and red currant flavors meld with sweet, toasty new French oak on this elegant wine. Dry in style, the tannins and acids are a bit tough, but it should drink well now–2016.” 
    - Steve Heimoff 2/1/14

  4. The Pinot Report - 92 points - Smart Buy Designation - subscription required
    “Medium ruby color; rich, spicy cherry aromas with earthy notes; rich, ripe cherry flavors with earthy and toasty notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Spicy, rich Pinot that would pair well with roast pork.”
    - Greg Walters 1/1/14