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A Pair of “Go-To” Sonoma Coast Pinots from Flowers and Patz & Hall - 01/11/2018 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

When it comes to Sonoma Coast Pinot, two producers we repeatedly return to time and again are Flowers and Patz & Hall. Both have decades of experience crafting elegant Pinots that beautifully capture the seductive nature of this heralded region. We’ve recently received a parcel of their 2015s and they are every bit as enticing as we hoped. Both snagged 93-point ratings and remain under the $35 mark, which is fairly impressive considering their spotless reputations and pedigree. Both are fresh and lively with a wonderful core of bright red berry fruit - a telltale sign of a top-flight Sonoma Coast Pinot. The market of late seems awash with $50 Pinots of widely varying degrees of quality, so it is a relief to have two such stalwart producers we can turn to with absolute confidence. These 2015s are a super smart buys and will continue to reward to another decade or more.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 >48 $34.99 View
2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 93 >48 $34.99 View


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2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($34.99)

93 points Vinous: "Flowers' 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a lovely appellation level wine, and also one of the highlights in this range. Sweet red cherry, plum, dried flowers and tobacco all flesh out in the glass. Nuanced, soft, and open-knit, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This polished, impeccable Pinot is very nicely done. (AG)" (03/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Austere and elegant in its cool-climate, lightbodied way, this wine is dark and brooding nonetheless, offering a wild bramble of berry and rhubarb flavors. Firm in tannin and subtle in oak, it is dotted in black-tea and savory forest-floor edges. (VB)" (10/2017)

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

Tucked in the hills, just two miles from the Sonoma Coast, is the winery Flowers; always a very elegant Pinot Noir. With one of the most beautiful settings of any winery, this very special terroir produces some amazing wines, the nose blooming with wild raspberry , pomegranate, lavender, and rose petal. The new Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot is remarkably balanced, cultivating soothing feelings of jubilation grafted with elegance and sophistication. Emerging from a selection of family - owned sites, and including aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry, delicate baking spices and forest floor lift elegantly from the glass. Very lively on the palate with a snap of acidity, red cherry, hibiscus and sea salt with graceful tannins round out the glass. Grilled lamb chops would be a fantastic pairing.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

Flowers' wines have long been a go-to for me. For decades they have been a shinning light of Sonoma Coast grape growing and have been instrumental in establishing one of the world's foremost regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In the last few years I think the wines have continued to go from strength to strength finding more refinement and elegance than ever before. The wine making is deliberate and precise but never overpowers the delicacy of fruit or sense of place. It's expressive and accessible right out of the gate but also has layers and detail that unfolds with time and hold your attention. A bright, floral, lifted profile leads into a juicy core of ripe berry fruits, raspberry coulis, with some lovely savory, baking spice nuances. The wine's medium-bodied character and balance make it a very versatile food wine but one that is also perfectly delicious all alone.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

The cool, coastal influence shows beautifully on this well balanced Pinot. The "up front" fruit on the nose show tons of depth, pointing to this wine's great complexity. Velvety on the palate with a touch of bramble fruit make for an exciting Pinot that can pair up to a lot of different foods.

Staff ImageGary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

In recent years Flowers has really stepped up its game - they've always produced marvelously lush and approachable wines, but lately their wine-making style has pivoted to a more delicate style. Notes of ripe red cherries, red berries, shaved fennel and cola with a bit of clove and baking spices to round out the finish. The wine sees a 9-day cold soak and contains declassified fruit from their upper tier bottlings such as Camp Meeting Ridge and a few others. Huge value for a top-notch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Drink now.

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2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($34.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Juicy and earthy, this lovely appellation wine is voluptuous with a spicy thread. Blueberry and huckleberry fruit meld seamlessly into savory bites of tree bark and forest as the whole offers length and breadth. (VB)" (12/2017)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

Nice and balanced, with beautiful aromatics of cherries, strawberries and cola. On the palate it is never heavy, and its velvety tannins make the whole experience quite phenomenal. A deliciously elegant Pinot showing off California greatest.

Staff ImageDavid Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2018

In many ways P&H is the quintessential Sonoma Coast Pinot delivering on that promise without ignoring that it is in fact Pinot Noir. This nose is open and full of dark cherry and wild red fruit, it's open and expressive but not dominated completely by the fruit. Hints of savory herbs and earthy spice float around behind the focused fruit. On the palate everything is in line, but what gets me most excited is the structure. Instead of the overly extracted texture we're used to in Sonoma these days, we're getting vivid acid and a crunchy silky tannin that gives this one some real depth. Balanced without any overt oak or unkempt quality whatsoever. I'd love to drink a few cases of this over the next 5-10 years. I remember this being more expensive...

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

This wine continues to be a benchmark for Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This regional bottling comes from a shortlist of some of the best vineyards in the area including: Dutton Ranch, Martinelli and Gap's Crown. The wine is perfectly polished, bursting with bright expressive fruit, a supple, silky texture, exotic oak spice and a vibrant lift of coastal acidity and energy. Nothing is forced or over-done, the wine making shows a calm confidence in the quality and purity of fruit, expertly crafted into a wine that's easy to love and sure to impress.

Staff ImageAnthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2018

For fans of Aubert who want to spend a fraction of the money! Seamless, round and ripe fruit glide right along the palate. Cherries, cola, and a touch of stone make this Pinot very Burgundian at heart, but with a California flare. Grab a bunch and put it away; the core of flavor will be amazing in 5-8 years.

Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 04, 2018

Every previous vintage of Patz & Hall I've had has always delivered on a level of consistency like no other, and the 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot is no exception. This bottle delivers a bright level of acidity, and mellow subtleties of strawberry, raspberry and slight bell pepper. Did this wine go through a little bit a whole cluster fermentation? I'm not sure, but if it did, great! The 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot is fantastic regardless.