Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir Aston Estate is gorgeous. Sweet red berries, hard candy, crushed flowers, spices and tobacco are some of the many notes that are woven into this attractive, floral Pinot. The 2011 offers an attractive combination of minerality and that distinctive expression of fruit that is so typical of the Sonoma coast. This is a gorgeous effort. In 2011, yields came in at just one ton per acre and the harvest finished on October 2, exceedingly late for Pinot. (AG)
Sleek, ripe and juicy, with vivid red berry, plum and cherry flavors, a silky smooth texture, and a long, persistent finish that echoes the berry themes. Drink now through 2022. (JL)
Thomas Rivers Brown is the winemaker for Aston Estate. His tasting notes for the 2011: "2011 Aston Estate Pinot displays a provocative mélange of raspberries, red currants, and strawberries with allspice, white pepper, and clove spice notes. True to past vintages, hints of mandarin peel and sweet herbs are complemented by lush floral flavors of rose petal and gardenia with a creamy vanilla panna cotta undertone and an intriguing minerality unique to the estate's soil. Deep garnet in color, this beautiful wine carries multidimensional layers with a balanced and bright acidity and rich meaty texture. Its intensely rich concentration and density are plush on the palate and supported by a long, supple finish."
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