2014 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1280300 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a gorgeously light coastal offering, a subdued expression of the variety that unravels its layers slowly and methodically. Red cherry, lavender and blueberry are revealed on the palate as perfumed shocks of rose and salty air permeate the nose. Vibrantly crisp, it has a slight grip to the velvety texture. (VB)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 This iteration of Flowers’ multi-vineyard blend from western Sonoma is a bit lush compared to some other vintages, perhaps due to the warmth of the 2014 growing season, yet it’s stitched together by brisk coastal acidity and the tannins of fruit grown on sandy ridgetops. Its initial dark cherry flavor gains levity in the finish, heading toward spicy suggestions of apple skin and pomegranate, drawing a line of red fruit that’s delicious and immediate, ample but not heavy.  (4/2016)

Wine Spectator

 There's plenty to chew on in this youngster, which is rustic, pleasantly earthy and tannic, making for a slow development in the glass. Promises healthy tannins to come. Drink now through 2021. (JL)  (7/2017)

K&L Notes

Honestly there is not much that we can say about Flowers Vineyards & Winery that even a wine neophyte does not already know. Many times we can use this platform to launch the new, the unheard of or the up-and-coming, but this time we are here to emphasize just how good these wines truly are and how they've continued to get better and more refined over time. There are a lot of people out there, including our staff, that have a preconception of what these wines are -- big, bombastic, full-bore wines that are pushed to one side of the polar scale, but at this point that couldn't be further from the truth. From rosé to Pinot Noir to Chardonnay to their top-end single vineyard efforts, these wines are all about balance, freshness and fruit and have exceptional purity. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
Open aromatics of red berries, dried herbs, orange zest and slate are shown in this elegant Pinot Noir from Flowers. This wine is medium in body, has bright acidity, spectacular balance and true Sonoma Coast minerality. Give this wine a little air, and you'll be very content with this delicious Pinot!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
The Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is refined and light bodied, with vibrant acidity. Intriguing aromas of candied plum and violet are underpinned by earthy forest floor and white and black pepper notes. The fruit sourced for this wine comes from the Fort Ross-Seaview area, and there is a coastal, slightly briny minerality that reflects the unique nature of the terroir, reflected in its long finish. This Pinot is a lovely example of when Burgundian wine making traditions meet New World fruit and terroir. Traditional basket presses are used and only native yeasts aid in the fermentation, which adds complexity and elegance to this domestic beauty.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
Made from Dijon clones planted in the Sonoma Coast appellation, this is showing great power and concentration, and lifted aromas of red fruit and baking spice with wild herb notes. It’s both powerful and precise, which makes for a wine that you can enjoy tonight, but will also blossom as it ages.​

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
Made in a lovely, open-knit style, both aromatically and on the palate the 2014 Flowers SC Pinot Noir tows the line perfectly between boisterous and restrained all at the same time. Imparting aromas and flavors of dried strawberry, rhubarb, Bing cherry, shaved fennel, baking spices and cherry cola. The palate doubles-down with the aforementioned but savory dark fruits show through with a splash of fresh violets and ocean air incorporated in to the mix. I will freely admit that I’ve always been a fan of Flowers, but this year each and every wine they poured was nothing short of ethereal.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
There are few wines in the $40 price range that are as automatic as Flowers Pinot Noir. Whether it is a special occasion, power meeting or just treating oneself the wine is pretty much gold vintage to vintage. That is rare in the wine world: that no matter what Mother Nature brings in the vineyards, what drinking trends are changing or what is the flavor of the month Flowers PN always succeeds. This year the wine is pure Sonoma Coast in its aromas and flavors, dark fruited and full of foresty aromas of pine and redwood with a touch of sea salt the nose and more of a blue fruited power on the palate. This broadens and soars with flat out delicious flavors of blueberry, cola, sea foam and subtle violet tones. Add in the long, umami driven finish of iron, clay and sous bois and you have one of the biggest can’t miss Pinots on the market today.

Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
If you are looking for a red wine for summer drinking, this is it. It works on several levels. It's light bodied enough to go with picnic foods and warm days yet still has lots of flavor for just sipping. The Flowers Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir are a perfect ensemble for the upcoming warm weather events.

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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).