Even better is the outrageously delicious, complex 2012 Pinot Noir Pastorale. It reveals lots of meaty, red and dark berry fruit intermixed with forest floor and spring flower notes. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured with sweet tannin and decent acidity, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-10 years. (RP)
*Editor's Choice* An estate-grown Pinot Noir from the wilds of Freestone, this wine delivers in high acidity and perfumed aromatics that are highlighted by violet and sandalwood. The taste leans towards tart cherry and strawberry. Medium in weight, it’s a structured wine, with just the right amount of heft and oak on the finish.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard is dark, juicy and explosive. Black cherries, plums, cedar, French oak, new leather and smoke open up in the glass. The style is decidedly virile and dark, with imposing fruit, big tannins and tons of body. This is one of the more powerful, explosive wines readers will taste from the Sonoma Coast. The 30% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. This is an especially big, Sonoma Coast Pinot, which winemaker attributes to Calera and 777 clones. (AG)
With clean red fruit, black tea, and floral accents, the Pastorale Vineyard Pinot carries more structure and exotic notes than the Freestone Vineyard. This wine is not shy, offering vibrant palate density, and a lean muscular structure. Hold to allow it to develop and unwind in the bottle. Currently very taut.
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