The Flavor of Cool: Tasting the Wines of the Western Sonoma Coast

VINOGRAPHY: A WINE BLOG
By Alder Yarrow

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I’ll admit it. I’m an acid freak. More than anything else in a wine, I’m looking for the juiciness that I get from well-balanced wines that lean towards the lower side of pH. There’s nothing quite like that zip and crackle of a wine that gets your tastebuds tingling and your mouth watering.

With care, mouthwatering wines can be made just about anywhere. Farming well and then paying close attention to the harvest in order to ensure the grapes retain enough acidity to balance their sugars remains the best way to make excellent wine in my opinion. But that is sometimes easier said than done, especially in this age of global warming.

Consequently I find myself drawn more and more to the cooler climes of the wine world — those places that thanks to their altitude, their latitude, their unique microclimates or their proximity to the ocean tend to be on the borderline of viability for many varieties of wine grapes.

Though it took many years for me to realize it, I was born in such a region. I took my first breaths five miles inland from the Pacific ocean in the heart of what is now affectionally called the Western Sonoma Coast, if only to better distinguish it from the AVA (American Viticultural Area) known as the Sonoma Coast. The Sonoma Coast AVA represents the worst example of how politics and bureaucracy can win out over geology and geography when it comes to defining America’s wine growing regions. Massive and sprawling, the Sonoma Coast AVA includes far more acreage without any coastal climate influence than it does acreage kissed by the cool fogs and ocean breezes of the pacific.

This incongruence with its own name has led many winegrowers to eschew the use of Sonoma Coast in favor of phrases such as “True Sonoma Coast” or “Western Sonoma Coast,” which they believe better describe those cool-climate vineyard sites that are influenced by their proximity to the ocean.

Many of these winegrowers and winemakers have banded together under an organization known as the West Sonoma Coast Vintners Association, and for the past four years they have put on an event known as West of West, which consists of seminars, dinners, and a large public tasting of wines from the region.

It is, simply, one of the best wine events in Northern California (and is now coming to other cities around the country), any way you would like to judge it — by food, by wine, or by the enthusiastic good time it engenders in all its attendees. I have spoken at the event on occasion, but try to attend every year if only to get a chance to taste the latest vintage from one of my favorite wine regions in California.

This year’s event, held at The Barlow, the new epicurean epicenter in the town of Sebastopol, largely showcased the 2013 vintage, which is generally one of the highest quality vintages I’ve experienced in a while.

If you haven’t had many of these wines, I highly encourage you to seek them out. A few favorites, are unfortunately hard to come by without being on the winery’s mailing list, but you will find many relatively easy to purchase, though some wineries are still trying to sell through their 2012s before releasing the 2013s.

Enjoy.

White

WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9.5

2013 Alma Fria Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $35
Pale gold in the glass, this wine has a slightly reduced aroma of gunpowder and lemon rind. In the mouth, lemon pith and lemon oil flavors have an electrically bright and zingy SweetTart sourness to them that is utterly mouthwatering. Sour grapefruit and seawater linger in the long finish. Totally delicious.

2013 Ceritas Wines “Porter Bass Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $65
Pale gold in color, this wine smells of lemon oil, wet stone, and white flowers. In the mouth, phenomenally juicy flavors of lemon oil, lemon pith, and crushed stones mix in a silky, neon bright plasma that begs for another gulp. Stunning.

2012 Hartford “Seascape Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $65
Light greenish gold in color, this wine smells of lemon curd and wet stone. In the mouth, juicy and bright flavors of grapefruit and electric candied lemon glow with a fantastic acidity that carries the wine through an extremely long finish. Pure and balanced and mouthwateringly delicious, the wine leaves a hint of salinity on the palate as it finishes.

2013 Littorai Wines “Thieriot Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $75
Palest gold in the glass, this wine smells of white flowers and lemon pith. In the mouth, flavors of lemon pith and pure lemon essence mix with grapefruit and white flowers in a blindingly bright and electric silken shiver that zaps the palate. If you don’t like this wine you don’t like Chardonnay. Phenomenal balance and length. Utterly fantastic.
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 9 AND 9.5

2013 Ceritas Wines “Marena” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $42
Pale gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemon zest, lemon curd and white flowers. In the mouth, bright lemon flavors crackle with electric acidity and the minerality of wet stones. Excellent balance.

2013 Dumol “Isobel – Charles Heintz Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $60
Pale gold in the glass, this wine smells of wet chalkboard and lemon pith. In the mouth that lemon pith quality continues, scented with white flowers and a deep wet chalkboard minerality that is very compelling. Lemonade lingers in the finish. Lovely.

2012 Dumol “Isobel – Charles Heintz Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $60
Light gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemons and white flowers. In the mouth, deep lemon curd, lemon oil, and lemon pith flavors shift towards pink grapefruit as it heads towards a tangy finish. Excellent acidity.

2012 Hartford “Far Coast” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $65
Light gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemon pith. In the mouth juicy grapefruit and lemon fruit and pith swirl in a silky stony bouquet. Balanced and bright.

2013 Joseph Phelps “Freestone Vineyards” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $45
Pale gold in color, this wine smells of lemon pith and wet stones. In the mouth, tangy lemon curd and wet stone flavors are scented with white flowers. Excellent acidity and little trace of oak make this a wonderfully crisp and delicious mouthful.

2013 Peay “Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $52
Palest gold in the glass, this wine smells of lemon curd and cold cream. In the mouth, cold cream and lemon zest mix beautifully with a wet stone / wet chalkboard minerality that leaves a bit of chalk dust in the finish.

2013 Red Car “Estate Vineyard” Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview $55
Pale gold in the glass, this wine smells of cold cream, toasted bread, and lemon pith. In the mouth bright grapefruit pith, lemon pith and wet chalkboard flavors swirl and vibrate with excellent acidity. There’s a light tannic grip to this wine — a chalkiness that lingers in the finish. Delicious.
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9
2011 32 Winds Wine “Lucky Well” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $49.
2014 Charles Heintz “Rachael” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $45.
2013 Ernest “The Farmer” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $42.
2013 Failla Wines Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $34.
2013 Fort Ross Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview $42.
2014 Gregory James Wines “Patient Terrier” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $38.
2012 Ramey “Platt Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $65.
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 8.5 AND 9
2014 Charles Heintz “Searby” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $44
2014 Ernest “Edaphos” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $28
2012 Flowers “Camp Meeting Ridge Estate” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $80
2013 Hirsch “Estate” Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview $60
2013 La Pitchoune Winery Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $48
2013 Lattanzio Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $30
2012 Ramey Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $40
2013 Small Vines Wines Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $53
2013 Wayfarer “Wayfarer Vineyard” Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview $80
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 8.5
2013 Banshee Wines “” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $25
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $54
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 8 AND 8.5
2014 Crossbarn Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $25
2013 Lynmar “Susanna’s Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $55
WHITE WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 8
2011 Martinelli “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $60
2013 Senses Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $35
2013 Zepaltas Wines “Heintz Vineyard” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast $48

Pink

PINK WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 9 AND 9.5

2014 Red Car Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $22
Palest pink in color, this wine smells of watermelon rind and strawberries. In the mouth, bright strawberry and watermelon rind flavors mix with wet stones in a juicy package that has a little bit of tannic grip in the finish. Great acidity. Very refreshing.

2014 Soliste “Soleil Rouge” Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $24
Pale pink in the glass, this wine smells of watermelon rind and strawberries. In the mouth tart orange peel, unripe strawberry and rosehips turn to the bitter sourness of crabapple in the finish. Zingy with mouthwatering acidity, this wine is a fantastically savory and mineral thirst-quencher.
PINK WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9
2014 Claypool Cellars Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $28.
2014 La Pitchoune Winery “Vin Gris” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $29.
PINK WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 8.5 AND 9
2013 Freeman Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $25
2014 Gregory James Wines rosé of Syrah, Sonoma Coast $24
PINK WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 8
2014 Crossbarn Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $18
PINK WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 7.5 AND 8
2014 Senses Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $25

Red

RED WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9.5

2013 Ceritas Wines “Elliott Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55
Light to medium garnet in color, this wine smells of stony crushed herbs, raspberries, and raspberry leaf. In the mouth powdery, fine tannins wrap around a core of raspberry and forest floor that is shot through with tingling, fantastic acidity. Mouthwatering.

2013 Ceritas Wines “Hellenthal Vineyard – Old Shop Block” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of forest floor and pure raspberry fruit. In the mouth, the wine is quite earthy, with flavors of wet forest floor mixing with the raspberry and redcurrant fruit that lingers for a long time in the finish with very fine tannins creeping in to brush the edges of the mouth. Outstanding.

2013 Littorai Wines “Hirsch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Pale ruby in the glass, this wine is among the most incredibly floral California Pinot Noir’s I’ve had the pleasure of smelling, with an incredible mélange of exotic flower scents lifting from the glass before transforming to bright raspberry fruit. In the mouth the purity of the raspberry fruit is balanced by the taut tannins that show this wine has a bit of unwinding to do, as Hirsch wines often do. Fantastic acidity and length. Can’t wait to see what this wine does in 10 years.

2013 Peay “La Bruma Estate” Syrah, Sonoma Coast $50
Dark purple in the glass, this wine smells of struck match, white pepper and cassis fruit. In the mouth, the wine is quite stony and savory with cassis and blueberry flavors shot through with herbs and earth. Suede-like tannins caress the edges of the mouth and the overall complexion of the wine is quite flawless — smooth, supple, and cool. A stunner.

2013 Red Car “Doc’s Ranch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $68
Pale ruby in color, this wine smells of raspberry, redcurrant and herbs. In the mouth the fruit has an amazing sweetness to it that is purely aromatic, weaving flavors of raspberry, redcurrant and faint notes of citrus together in a silky, gorgeous package. Faint tannins linger in the finish.

2013 Red Car “Heaven & Earth” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Light garnet in color, this wine smells incredibly floral, with notes of wet stones and raspberry lingering underneath the dried flowers. In the mouth, black raspberry fruit nestles into a suede blanket of tannins. Fantastic acidity makes the fruit juicy, and citrus notes come into the long finish.

2013 Zepaltas Wines “Suacci Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $44
Pale garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry and cranberry and dried herbs. In the mouth, wonderfully crystalline flavors of cherry and cranberry have a stony quality thanks to fantastic acidity and minerality. Deep and resonant, like looking through deep but extremely clear water. Quite distinctive and delicious.
RED WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 9 AND 9.5

2010 32 Winds Wine “Hirsch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59
Medium ruby in the glass, this wine smells of raspberry and cedar. In the mouth, bright raspberry and cedar flavors mix with herbs and sail for a long time through the finish. Excellent acidity and a nice wet chalkboard minerality sulking behind the bright fruit.

2013 Alma Fria “Holtermann Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58
Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of earthy raspberry fruit tinged with dried herbs. In the mouth raspberry and redcurrant fruit has a deep earthy, forest floor quality and is wrapped in a sheath of muscular tannins. Excellent acidity.

2013 Alma Fria Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $35
Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of tangy, herbal raspberry fruit. In the mouth raspberry and herbs sizzle bright and juicy on the palate thanks to excellent acidity. Tight tannins mean this wine has a ways to go before it’s showing all of itself. Delicious.

2012 Baker Lane “Sonoma Coast Cuvee” Syrah, Sonoma Coast $28
Medium purple in the glass, this wine smells of smoky struck match. In the mouth the wine is meaty, with smoky cassis, blueberry, and blackberry fruit veined with powdery tannins. Great balance and depth.

2013 Banshee Wines “Coastlands” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Pale garnet in the glass, this wine smells like nothing so much as the inside of marijuana pipe, herbal and resinous, backed up with the scent of redcurrants. In the mouth, what can we say but a pot smoke scent pervades redcurrant and raspberry fruit that is tart and herbal and earthy all at once. The smoky quality lingers through a long finish. Faint tannins. Excellent.

2014 Charles Heintz “Valentina” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $48
Light garnet in color, this wine smells of raspberry and raspberry leaf with a hint of flowers. In the mouth the wine is crystalline and bright with candied raspberries and cherries wrapped in a blanket of tight, fine grained tannin. Excellent purity and acidity.

2014 Charles Heintz “Swan” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $48
Light to medium garnet in color, this wine smells of smoky and meaty raspberry fruit and dried herbs. In the mouth, candied raspberries mix unusually with forest floor and leathery tannins. This wine performs an unusual feat of offering deeper darker earthy and more savory flavors while still maintaining a sappy crystalline quality of fruit. Very nice.

2014 Charles Heintz “Roxy” Syrah, Sonoma Coast $45
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry. In the mouth very pure blackberry and black cherry fruit is wrapped in gorgeous, gauzy tannins and scented with the smoke from a doused campfire. Excellent and quite tasty.

2013 Dumol “Connor – Joy Road Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $72
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of smoky raspberry fruit. In the mouth, raspberry, forest floor and a hint of cherry flavors have a wonderfully smooth, silky texture. Faint tannins merely brush the edges of the mouth. Great acidity.

2013 Dumol “Aiden – Wildrose Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $72
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of blueberry and raspberry fruit. In the mouth, raspberry, cherry, and blueberry fruit has a bright and juicy complexion that is quite pleasing. Excellent acidity and length.

2013 Dumol “Jack Robert’s Run – Gregori Vineyard” Syrah, Sonoma Coast $72
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of smoky cassis. In the mouth, cassis and blackberry flavors have smoky, floral high notes, in part thanks to some Viognier cofermented with the Syrah. Thick, bunchy tannins crowd the edges of the mouth and recommend some time in the cellar.

2013 Failla Wines “Hirsch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine has a wonderfully floral and black raspberry aroma. In the mouth juicy raspberry fruit is dusted with powdery tannins and shot through with a forest floor earthiness that is very interesting. Silky texture and great acidity round out an excellent package.

2011 Fort Ross “Reserve” Pinot Noir , Fort Ross-Seaview $65
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of floral, candied raspberries. In the mouth, cherry and raspberry fruit is ripe and bright, and dusted with very faint tannins. Good acidity and a hint of herbs, but this is on the riper side of life.

2013 Gregory James Wines “Hawk Hill Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of pure raspberry fruit with a hint of herbs. In the mouth the wine has a fantastic crystalline clarity, with a pure raspberry and crushed herb flavors dusted with fine grained tannins. Juicy with a fantastic purity and great length. Excellent acidity.

2013 Gros Ventre Cellars “First Born” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60
Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of smoky, even meaty raspberry and cherry fruit. In the mouth cherry and orange peel flavors take on a tangy sour cherry note as they head towards the finish. Muscular tannins have a very fine grain, so the palate doesn’t object to their firm grip. Mouthwatering with excellent acidity.

2013 Hartford “Land’s Edge Vineyards” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of raspberries and cranberry compote. In the mouth, juicy raspberry fruit turns earthy as faint tannins grow in strength through the long finish. Bright and balanced. Delicious.

2012 Hartford “Far Coast Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $65
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of bright raspberry fruit. In the mouth, juicy raspberry fruit is tinged with a bit of forest floor that whispers with faint tannins. Mostly this wine is a joyous and gorgeous expression of raspberry complexity. Delicious.

2012 Hirsch “San Andreas Fault Estate” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $60
Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of marijuana resin and raspberry fruit. In the mouth, bright raspberry fruit tinged with herbs and forest floor is wrapped in a blanket of tight muscular tannins. Excellent acidity.

2012 Hirsch “Reserve” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $85
Light garnet in color, this wine smells of crushed herbs, forest floor and raspberry fruit. In the mouth raspberry fruit almost takes a back seat to herbal and forest floor qualities that plunge towards dark earth even as a redcurrant high note emerges in the finish with a zip of dried citrus. A serious wine, with tannins to match, flexing with bulging veins.

2013 Lioco “Hirsch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $65
Pale garnet in the glass, this wine smells of candied raspberries and exotic flowers that have a fantastic sweetness to them. In the mouth tart, even spicy raspberry flavors mix with flavors of green wood and are wrapped in muscular tannins. Great acidity makes this wine quite zippy and delicious.

2012 Lioco “Hirsch Vineyard” Pinot Noir , Sonoma Coast $65
Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of flowers and crushed herbs through which a tiny bit of raspberry peeks. In the mouth, thicker, more muscular tannins clasp flavors of raspberry, and wet cedar planks. Earthier notes emerge in the finish.

2013 Littorai Wines “Platt Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Light garnet in the glass this wine smells of herbs and raspberry and raspberry leaf. In the mouth the wine is juicy with raspberry fruit enclosed in a fist of muscular tannins. Great acidity makes the fruit quite juicy, but this wine needs some time to open in the bottle.

2013 Littorai Wines “Pivot Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells wonderfully of flowers and raspberry and cherry fruit with a hint of herbs. In the mouth, wonderfully herbaceous flavors of raspberry and cherry fruit are clasped in fine-grained muscular tannins. Great acidity and a very long finish. Excellent.

2013 Peay “Scallop Shelf Estate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58
Light to medium garnet in color, this wine smells of floral raspberry and crushed herbs. In the mouth, wonderfully juicy herbaceous flavors of raspberry and cherry have a smooth and silky texture with great balance. Excellent makes the wine quite juicy and mouthwatering. Notes of wet bark linger in the finish.

2013 Peay “Pomarium Estate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $56
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of cherry dried flowers and wet earth. In the mouth wet earth and dried flowers mix with cherry fruit and lightly tacky tannins, but the overall impression is of buoyant, juicy fruit.

2013 Red Car “Estate Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $72
Light garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cranberry and cherry and wet stones. In the mouth, cranberry and raspberry flavors swirl with a darker note of forest floor as fine grained tannins give a dusty impression. Herbs linger through the long finish. Great acidity and balance.

2013 Red Car “Hagan Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $66
Light garnet in color, this wine smells of wet earth, cherry and raspberry. In the mouth, bright cherry and raspberry flavors are dusted with powdery tannins that linger with a note of forest floor in the finish. Wonderfully juicy thanks to excellent acidity. Great length.

2011 Red Car “Estate Vineyard” Syrah, Fort Ross- Seaview $50
Medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of white pepper and crushed blueberries. In the mouth cassis and blueberry flavors mix with a darker wet earth note that is abraded with leathery tannins. Great acidity.

2013 Small Vines Wines “MK Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $72
Light garnet in color, this wine smells of stemmy, herbal cherry fruit. In the mouth the wine presents as exceedingly silky, with cherry, cranberry, and sweet aromatics that soar through a long finish. Great balance and a nice savory component to balance the purity of fruit. Good acidity.

2013 Zepaltas Wines “Devoto Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $45
Pale garnet in color, this wine smells of flowers and raspberry fruit. In the mouth bright citrusy flavors of raspberry and crushed herbs are wrapped in a skein of taut tannins. Notes of forest floor linger in the finish.
RED WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 9
2012 32 Winds Wine “Lucky Well” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59.
2012 Alma Fria “Dona Margarita Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58.
2013 Alma Fria “Dona Margarita Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58.
2013 Baker Lane “Sonoma Coast Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $28.
2012 Baker Lane “Reserve” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $45.
2013 Banshee Wines “Tina Maria” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60.
2013 Banshee Wines “Jack Hill” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70.
2012 Dumol “Connor Joy Road Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $72.
2013 Ernest “The Wrangler” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $48.
2013 Failla Wines Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $34.
2013 Failla Wines “Occidental Ridge Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60.
2012 Flowers “Block 19” Pinot Meunier, Sonoma Coast $100.
2012 Flowers “Sea View Ridge Estate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60.
2011 Flowers “Block 20” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $100.
2011 Fort Ross Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $52.
2010 Fort Ross Pinotage, Fort Ross-Seaview $48.
2013 Freeman “Akiko’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60.
2013 Gros Ventre Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $44.
2013 Gros Ventre Cellars “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $54.
2013 Hirsch “Bohan Dillon Estate” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $34.
2012 Joseph Phelps “Quarter Moon Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $75.
2012 Joseph Phelps “Pastorale Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $75.
2013 La Pitchoune Winery “Holder Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $68.
2013 Lattanzio “W.E. Bottoms Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $42.
2013 Macphail “Mardikian” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $85.
2012 Macrostie “Goldrock Ridge” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $54.
2009 Peay “Pomarium Estate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $56.
2013 Peay “Ama Estate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $56.
2013 Small Vines Wines Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55.
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Campbell Ranch Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59.
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Gap’s Crown Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59.
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Sangiacomo Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $54.
2013 Zepaltas Wines Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $32.
RED WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 8.5 AND 9
2013 Baker Lane “Estate” Syrah, Sonoma Coast $45
2013 Benziger “De Coelo – Arbora Sacra” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $75
2012 Claypool Cellars “Rice Spivak Vineyard Designate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $70
2013 Emeritus “Pinot Hill” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55
2012 Emeritus “William Wesley” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55
2014 Ernest “Edaphos “Sans Soufre”” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $26
2013 Freeman Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $45
2012 Furthermore “Nevina’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
2013 Furthermore “Eden Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
2013 Joseph Phelps “Freestone Vineyards” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55
2013 La Pitchoune Winery “English Hill Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $58
2013 Lattanzio “Umino Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $44
2012 Macphail “Pratt Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $49
2013 Siduri “Pratt-Sexton Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $49
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Silver Eagle Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59
2013 Sojourn Cellars “Ridgetop Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59
2012 Soliste “L’esperance” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $85
2012 Soliste “Foret” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $85
2012 Wild Ridge Vineyards “Wild Ridge” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
2011 Wild Ridge Vineyards “Wild Ridge” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
RED WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 8.5
2013 Benziger “Signaterra – La Reyna” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
2013 Benziger “De Coelo – Quintus” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $75
2012 Claypool Cellars “Sonoma Coast Designate” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $48
2013 Fort Ross “Sea Slopes” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $42
2012 Furthermore “Gap’s Crown Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50
2012 Furthermore “Alchemy” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $85
2013 Kanzler Vineyards “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $52
2013 Lattanzio “Celia’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $34
2013 Lioco “Laguna” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $38
2012 Marimar “Mas Cavalls” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $44
2013 Siduri Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $32
2013 Wayfarer “Wayfarer Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $90
2013 Wayfarer “Mother Rock” Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview $115
2012 Marimar “Chico’s Run” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $48
RED WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 8 AND 8.5
2013 Crossbarn Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $35
2012 Furthermore “Gloria Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $40
2012 La Pitchoune Winery Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59
2013 Senses Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $40
2013 Senses “Hillcrest Estate Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $55
RED WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 8
2013 Lynmar “Susanna’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $60
2013 Soliste “Narcisse” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $45
RED WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 7.5 AND 8
2013 Benziger Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $32
RED WINES WITH A SCORE AROUND 7.5
2012 Martinelli “Three Sisters Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $64
RED WINES WITH A SCORE BETWEEN 6.5 AND 7
2012 Martinelli Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $50