Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Notes from a Sonoma Wine Tasting

Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir Green Valley - Deeper hued, blue fruit aromas, a bit tannic, high acid.

Baletto Sexton Hill Pinot Noir Sebastopol Hills - Fruitier with cranberry and cherry, leaner, more chiseled, bright acidity, lingering finish.

Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge 2013 - From the south side where it historically gets riper. Sweet red cherry/berry aromas, moderate acid with fennel and peppercorn in the finish.

Moshin Halo's Hill Pinot Noir Santa Rosa Plain 2013 - Less complex, more pure fruit. Raspberry, red cherry aromas, flavors and finish with a light floral note; fresh and easy.

Porter Creek Hillside Vineyard Pinot Noir Middle Reach 2013 - Less aromatic, more herbal aromas and flavors over cherry, firmer tannins, less acid, long finish.

Wind Gap Syrah Sonoma Coast 2013 - Fresh with raspberry, pink peppercorn and a slight green note with a lingering finish.

Anakota Dakota Knights Valley 2012 - Blackberry, high tannins, somewhat muted aromatically.

Vérité La Joie Sonoma County 2013 - Rich ripe blackberries with an earthy note, a firm tannic structure; fresh, big and Bordeaux-esque.

I also tasted the Hanzell Pinot Noir Sonoma Valley 2000 (pictured) but did not write down any notes on it.

All high quality, highly recommended wines, some more ready to drink now than others.
Wines tasted on December 7, 2016.