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2005 Flowers "Frances Thompson" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1079464 95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Flowers planted this vineyard between 1998 and 2000, on a high terrace one mile from the sea. Grown in a soil of weathered schist, shale and ferrous oxide, those young vines have consistently produced one of the most elegant and complex pinot noirs in California. The 2005 contrasts cool delicacy with the drive of dark red fruit. The tannins offer a mineral aspect, like nori, while oak also plays into the proximity to the coast-hinting at the scent of a distant driftwood fire on the beach. Those structural elements balance a sweet kiss of ripeness in the fruit, suspended together for minutes after each taste. Suited to age, or to serve with hamachi kama. Inner quote mark (4/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright red. Strongly floral bouquet offers sexy strawberry and raspberry fruit aromas. Silky, sweet and broad, with very good mineral lift to the sweet red fruit flavors. Extremely elegant and pliant, finishing with no obvious tannins, admirable lift and lingering sweetness. You could drink this suave beauty today. Inner quote mark (5/2008)

K&L Notes

From the winemaker: "Dark, ruby hue. This vineyard designate is a well-balanced wine with aromas and flavors of plum, sweet black cherry, mineral, chocolate and leather. Delicious and balanced with rich tannins providing a luscious mouthfeel. Our third release from Flowers Ranch; the 2005 Frances Thompson Vineyard Pinot Noir is again a true representative of the climate, rock and soil of this warm site in a cool climate. The rugged growing conditions have produced a rich, seductive Pinot Noir."

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