Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
Grapes sourced from a number of California’s most distinguished winegrowing families such as Dutton and Chenoweth, and an array of exceptional Sonoma Coast winegrowing sites, including vineyards in Green Valley, Sonoma Valley and the Russian River Valley. The blend also features a core of fruit from Bill Price’s Gap’s Crown Vineyard, one of the Sonoma Coast’s great emerging sites. Lush red fruit, with lovely spice and sassafras notes. Though already precociously inviting, it possesses the ample structure, acidity and tannins to age beautifully. On the nose, aromas of cherry, raspberry and plum mingle with notes of cedar, tobacco, smoked meat, fine herbs and forest floor. The mouthfeel is rich and fleshy, offering flavours of black cherry, raspberry, brown sugar and cardamom. Fresh, enlivening acidity from the relatively cool growing season balances this wine’s weight, and leads to a long, satisfying finish.