Even deeper than the Freestone Vineyards Pinot is the 2012 Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard (under 14% alcohol). Its dense ruby hue is followed by a beautiful floral element. Readers will adore the black cherry, plym, clove-infused fruit and relatively full-bodied texture. This promising, high-quality, complex Pinot Noir can be consumed over the next decade or more. This is the well-researched and well-funded Joseph Phelps project eight miles from the Pacific Ocean, on the western frontier of the Sonoma Coast. In pursuit of great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Phelps planted his vineyards in the Goldridge soils with a cool, windy climate. (RP)
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. *Editor's Choice* (VB)
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)
2016 Pont Neuf "La Source - Silver Eagle Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $75)
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