2004 Radio-Coteau "Terra Neuma" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Notably ripe aromas of cola, mocha, briar, spice and deep red berry notes combine with rich, fresh, sweet and nicely textured medium full flavors that offer good depth and a seductive mouth feel, particularly on the sappy and admirably dense finish. This is delicious yet entirely serious and carries its alcohol with almost no noticeable warmth. In short, this is lovely juice...Interestingly, Eric Sussman reports that all his 2004 pinots were left on their primary lees for a full 16 months with no acidification or enzyme additions for clarification as well as no racking at all. The wines were then bottled unfined and unfiltered. And as the scores and commentaries suggest, the results are more than interesting as well!
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a vineyard site near the new Kistler plantings in the Bodega Headlands on the Sonoma Coast, the 2004 Pinot Noir Terra Neuma is a spicy, earthy, meaty effort that resembles a first-growth Pommard. It possesses outstanding richness and concentration as well as plenty of sweet black cherry and dark berry fruits, a brooding character, and hints of beet root as well as earth. This stunning Pinot should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red. Wild aromas of black raspberry, violet, chocolate and meat. Densely packed, sweet and fat, but kept firm by an edge of acidity. The wild, meaty character carries through on the palate. Offers very good breadth and texture, if not quite the fleshiness of the Savoy. Finishes with broad tannins and notes of black raspberry and espresso.
The Prince of Pinot: "...a debut-bottling from a hillside vineyard farmed biodynamically by the Benzigers. The vineyard is southwest of Freestone, a few miles inland from the Pacific ocean. It was planted in 2002 to Dijon clones 115 and 777. " (11/2006)