2007 Sojourn "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Here's a Pinot that's so beautiful and beguiling, it's perfect to drink right away. Feels delicate and silky, with lush flavors of cherries, cotton candy, bacon, sassafrass, orange peel and dusty Asian spices.
Minty bay leaf and ripe, juicy wild berry fruit join together in this full-bodied effort, gaining richness and body and picking up a cola note. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2013.
Just slightly bigger and beamier than its either of its mates and a wine whose complement of sweet cherries and plums comes with a trim of milk chocolate, Sojurn's Sangiacomo bottling is a plump and well-filled Pinot that bows just a bit in the direction of ripeness. It shows a fair degree of oak spice and a wee touch of tannin, but it is presently a winning partner to grilled lamb and will develop for a few years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Expressive red fruit nose lifted by flowers and blood orange. Supple on the palate, with good Pinot tang to the red fruit flavors. Turns a bit warm on the back end and grew oakier with aeration.
97 points in the Pinot Report: "Medium-deep ruby color, bit tight on nose; some spice and dark cherry; big, rich, ripe, incredible core of dark cherry fruit with complex spice and sweet oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. This Pinot is all about texture - it's silky and mouthfilling with amazing flavors and still quite a bit of time ahead." (01/09) The Sangiacomo Vineyard is sourced from two separate blocks in this prestigious vineyard. It is the fourth vintage made by Sojourn and it is the best yet. There is incredible weight to this wine, but it is never overwhelming. Gorgeous texture, beautiful acidity and a panoply of spice and fruit. This is truly a California Grand Cru. (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants)