2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1313415 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)  (3/2017)

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)

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
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 Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
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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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).