2010 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Wine & Spirits
This is blended from Flowers’s far-coast, estate-grown fruit (39 percent) and selections from growers in the western reaches of Sonoma Coast; there’s also a portion from Gaps Crown, a notably ocean-influenced vineyard east of Highway 101. This wine stands apart for its clear focus, a clean presentation of Sonoma’s far coast. The primary fruit is a frame for the soil character, a resinous scent, rooty but more elegant than that might imply. Jonathan Waters of Chez Panisse said, 'It tastes like old-school California,' an honest, unpretentious wine the grower might present by saying, 'This is what we make here.'
This wine seems fruity, sweet and pure, with wonderfully bracing acidity and gentle tannins. The mouthfeel is light and graceful. Its notes of raspberry and smoky oak make it amazingly drinkable.
Medium volume aromas of cherries and tart plums are joined by a hint of wild flowers and wisps of minerals and dried brush. The wine is medium-full in palate impact and somewhat supple with a rounded, glycerin-smooth texture before turning a bit stiff and reluctant at the end. Like its cellar mate, it will benefit greatly from a few years forbearance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A gorgeous, introductory-level wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is seriously rich, deep and expressive, especially within the context of the year. Black cherries, cola, savory herbs and licorice all burst from the glass. A juicy, totally expressive wine, the 2010 is already drinking beautifully but it should continue to deliver considerable pleasure over the next few years. A dollop of whole clusters (5%) adds an extra dimension of nuance on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (AG)
Dense without being weighty, this Pinot shows a tight core of dried dark berry, plum and raspberry notes that are well-focused and persistent, ending with a burst of wild berry and briny seashell notes. Drying tannins. Best from 2016 through 2022. (JL)