2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
It is no secret that for California Pinot Noir that my heart lies on the Sonoma Coast.
I have always held in high regard the wines from coastal classics such as the Hirsch Vineyard, Camp Meeting Ridge, Sonatera, etc.
I always loved the fact that the wines go levels beyond just fruit- based flavors. The earthiness, and “spice rack” of layers that are common in the Sonoma Coast wines make me freak out! It is probably not that hard to figure out that this wine is made from barrels from all of my Pinot Noir sources.
This wine is blended from La Cruz, Suacci and W.E Bottoms vineyards. The 2006 Sonoma Coast is lively and bright right out of the gate. This is a richer, softer wine compared to the single-vineyard offerings. It seems to pair with food just as well as it drinks on it’s own. After opening up, it shows herbs, black cherry, hints of earth, and ripe raspberries.
A bit later, an almost Grenache-like layer starts to poke through on the finish. I think that this wine is drinking well at the moment, and is a good wine to pop open with friends for the first BBQs of the year while it is still not summer hot yet, but you have the fever.