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Sonoma Coast

Sonoma County


Vineyards

Hurst

Dutton-Lorenzo

Moore Ranch


Growers

Art Robledo

Dutton Ranch

Jim Moore


Harvest Dates

9/14/12,  9/9/24/12

9/25/12, 10/4/12


Clonal Content

114, 115, 667, 777 Pommard


Alcohol / pH

14.1 % / 3.68


Titratable Acidity

0.60 gms / 100mL


Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(36% new)


Cases Produced

525


Suggested Retail Price

$36

2012

Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir


Our 2012 Sonoma Coast cuvée features grapes from three highly regarded vineyards, which we meticulously blended to create our tribute to pinot from Sonoma County's cooler western vineyards.  27% 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, where the 667 and 777 clones ripen to show typical cherry and spice pinot noir character.

The next 50% of this blend originates from the Moore Ranch on western Occidental Road.  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, 777, and Pommard clones that bring incredible depth and power.

Finally, from the Sebastopol hills area, the Hurst Vineyard constitutes 23% of the blend, bringing lively aromas, red fruit flavors, and bright acidity from 115, 777, and Pommard clones.


Winemaker Notes


2012 provided benign growing conditions throughout the Sonoma Coast, and each of these vineyards responded with excellent fruit.  The ripening was so slow and even that we were able to harvest at the exact time when flavors peaked.

The 2012 Sonoma Coast offers an alluring nose of bing cherry, pie spices, and black tea.  The flavors are round, delicate and generous all at once, with notes of plum and spice dominating.  We like our 2012 Sonoma Coast sitting alongside a steaming plate of mushroom risotto, with fresh sourdough and farm butter on the side.



Reviews


  1. Prince of Pinot - 89 pts
    “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas of cherry and sous-bois are overwhelmed by oak-driven toast and coffee notes. The discreetly concentrated core of ripe cherries and raspberries is accented with a hint of red plum and spice. Less oak overlay is evident on the palate. The wine has balanced tannins and a finish that offers impressive fruit intensity. A comfortable, easy to drink wine.”
    - Rusty Gaffney 11/19/14

  2. The Pinot Report - 92 points - Smart Buy Designation - subscription required
    “Medium ruby color; full, rich, cherry aromas with spice notes; ripe cherry flavors with warm spice notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Tasty and spicy Pinot that really tastes good. ”
    - Greg Walters 5/15/15

 

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