2009 Sojourn Cellars "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
**Highly Recommended** This smooth red is impressive for its polish and finesse, showing subtle cherry, berry, mineral and spice flavors that build depth and intensity, while maintaining an understated elegance. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a well-known, even iconic site for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the 2009 Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard comes from Dijon clones 115 and 777. The color is similar to the other Pinot Noirs, dark ruby with some lightening at the edge. With pure cherry and raspberry notes as well as hints of herbs and loamy soil, the wine is medium to full-bodied, not as open or expressive as his three previous offerings, but deep and impressively built, with outstanding concentration and flavor authority. It has crisp acidity and should drink nicely for at least 5-6 years. It could benefit from another 6 months of bottle age. This Sonoma winery, owned by Craig Haserot, while the winemaker is Erich Bradley, has come a long way in a very short period of time. The current releases include some very appealing Pinot Noirs. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Intense red berry and candied cherry aromas are complicated by notes of anise, woodsmoke and lavender. Sappy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors show very good depth and clarity, with a deeper note of candied licorice adding depth. Packs a serious punch but comes off lithe and fat-free, finishing with clinging floral notes and very good persistence. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
Sweet flavors of muddled cherries fill this dark and tannic pinot. The cherry marmalade flavors will match braised beef.
97 points from the Pinot Report: "Medium-deep ruby color; deep, complex, spicy stewed cherry aromas; big, ripe, stewed dark cherry flavors; very complex, earthy, spice notes; silky texture; great structure and balance; long finish. Incredibly complex Pinot with laser-focused flavors. Needs a ton of time, but I love it right now." (01/11)