2012 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
This beautiful Pinot Noir is a blend of various vineyards throughout the appellation. It shows classic coastal acidity, dryness and silkiness, with appealing raspberry, red licorice, cola and pomegranate flavors, wrapped into finely ground tannins.
Sweet red berries, mint, flowers, hard candy and spices all inform the 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast), the only 2012 Pinot that was in bottle at the time of this tasting. The 2012 is quite a bit racier and silkier than the 2011, a wine I have enjoyed on multiple occasions. There is a lot to like in the 2012, though, including the wine's immediate and open personality. I will not be surprised if the 2012 comes together a little more fully with time in bottle. (AG)
Medium-weight yet assuredly tannic, with a core of vivid raspberry, cherry and spice notes, ending tight and chewy. (JL)
Sourced from select family-owned vineyards in the cool Sonoma Coast including Flowers' Sea View Ridge estate vineyard, this is characteristically fresh and red-fruited, displaying the tell-tale bright red fruit aromas and flavors and elegant acid structure for which the appellation is known. Aging for eleven months in 25% new French oak lends wonderful texture and richness to the wine while softening tannins for a delicious, approachable style. Winemaker's Notes: "Deep ruby color. Aromas of wild strawberries, cranberries, savory dried and forest floor lift elegantly from the glass. On the palate, flavors of Bing cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate are framed by fine-grained tannins, coastal minerality and bright acidity that culminate on the lengthy finish."