2007 Radio-Coteau "La Neblina" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1047151 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red with a brilliant rim. Powerfully scented aromas of cherry, smoky minerals, flowers and Asian spices expand with air and pick up a note of white pepper. Palate-staining red berry and cherry flavors are impressively energetic, with tangy mineral and cinnamon qualities adding vivacity. Finishes very fresh, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. More energetic and classically pinot than the 2006 version.  (6/2009)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe and impressively complex nose offers up aromas of menthol, blackberry and cassis that introduce equally complex, rich and voluminous medium plus weight flavors that possess a dusty and mouth coating texture that display excellent finishing persistence. This is moderately structured and really quite attractive and though it's perhaps a bit less elegant than usual, it compensates by delivering even greater depth. There is a trace of backend warmth but if the appropriate serving temperature is maintained, it's almost invisible. Recommended.  (7/2009)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Pinot Noir La Neblina has tightened up considerably since I last tasted it in late 2008. Its dark ruby color is followed by copious notes of berry fruit intermixed with underbrush, sweet cherries and raspberries. The wine reveals a nice acid profile as well as some tannins that require resolution, but it is a well-endowed Pinot that should last up to a decade. Youthful, tight, yet promising, the dark ruby/plum-colored 2007 Pinot Noir La Neblina displays crisp acidity, dark forest floor notes intermixed with cherries, spice box, and an almost bouquet garni meatiness. It will benefit from a year of bottle age and drink well for 5-7 years. An artisanal winery run with meticulous attention to detail by Eric Sussman, Radio-Coteau continues to follow a fair pricing strategy for its high quality Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, and Zinfandels. As a postscript, Eric Sussman told me that his winery was certified biodynamic in 2008. All his fermentations are native (indigenous yeasts from the vineyard), he uses minimal SO2, minimal racking, extended lees contact, and bottles all his wines in house with no fining or filtration. These are all characteristics of the younger generation of conscientious wine producers.  (2/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Pungent earth and forest floor notes give way to cherry, berry, spice and mineral notes. Full-bodied and complex, gaining depth on the finish, where this ends with a touch of menthol. Drink now through 2013.  (9/2009)

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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).