2007 Sojourn "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1046062 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (9/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2009)

Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (6/2009)

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.  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

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)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).