We are happy to announce that our 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was recommended as an honorable mention in The Press Democrat’s Wine of the Week feature by the fantastic writer Peg Melnik.
The 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made 100% from our Barlow Homestead Vineyard, which was planted in 2009. This amazing young site is already expressing itself in the wines showing great acidity, evident tannins, minerality and even some distinct savory characteristics. Sexy, spice-tinged red fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity. The estate grapes are organically grown with a yield of about 1.5-2 lbs per vine with 4 ft by 3 ft spacing.
With only 175 cases produced, this wine is sure to sell out. Be sure to order yours today at www.smallvines.com.
Truchard, 2012 Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 14.1 percent alcohol, $35. ★★★★ A crisp pinot that wins you over with its breezy approachability. The wine is complex, and yet unfussy. Bing cherry meets bright acidity. Great balance. A smart food pick.
Other impressive wines
Merry Edwards, 2011 Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.4 percent, $57. ★★★★ 1⁄2 A pinot with intensity. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, herbs and spice. Has an appealing earthiness. This wine has depth. Top rate.
Small Vines, 2012 Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County Pinot Noir,13.2 percent, $55. ★★★★ This is a tasty pinot noir with complexity. It has generous fruit – raspberry and cherry – and good bones or structure. Great minerality. Impressive.
Rodney Strong, 2012 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $25. ★★★★ An elegant pinot noir with layered flavors. What’s most appealing is its bright cherry fruit and its silky texture. There’s also a tasty note of vanilla in the mix. A smart pick.
Edna Valley, 2011 Paragon Central Coast Pinot Noir, 13.9 percent, $20. ★★★ 1⁄2 A tasty pinot with aromas and flavors of cherry, plum, pomegranate and spicy oak. Budget-savvy for the quality of this pinot.