This comes from six different vineyards. Yields were low this year. Medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast opens with warm cranberries, black and red cherries, aniseed, salted meats, earth and dried leaves scents. The wine is medium-bodied with great intensity, a soft, grainy frame and seamless freshness, finishing long, bright and juicy.
Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.