Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

The Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2004 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is composed of grapes from seven vineyards, Abbott, Baranoff, Clay, Koos, Leepin, Nunes and Zephyr Vineyards. It spent 20 months in oak barrels, 50% being new French Oak.

This was my first time having a wine from this winery and it was thanks to my husband who brought it home after finding it at BevMo and thought it looked like it was worth a try. BevMo's price was $54 for this bottle and the only other place I can find it online to purchase is at the winery's website for $60.

On to the actual tasting. A big, dark ruby red color greats me in the glass just before discovering dark cherry, dark raspberry, blueberry and an earthy quality with some grass/herb nuances, on the nose. I am very excited at this point can't wait to take a sip. Again the black cherry is there with some involvement of red cherry as well. Dark berries makes an impact as well with some oak notes at the end. The acidity is definitley there in the right amounts and the tannins are pronounced yet round and velvety.
Not knowing quite what to expect I was very pleased with this wine. The balance between ripe fruit and berries,the notes of earth and grass/herb and the beautiful tannins, plays out great. At the end resulting in a lush, ripe Pinot Noir that still possesses the more delicate nature of a cool climate Pinot. This is a Pinot I will definitely have again. You should try it to!

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like this one is worth every penny. I am gonna look for it here in NYC and if I can't find it i will call the winery directly. I am opening a wine wine shop here in the fall and from the description you have given I think I really want this one on the shelf. Man, when pinot is good it is really bordering on magical.


Victoria said...

Good to hear from you! This was a really nice bottle, would love to see it in your shop. Me and my husband will be in New York Aug 29 and stay for 6 days. Will you be open in time? Would love to come and visit!


Phil said...

Great review Victoria, looks like a real find. I posted a link to your review on Nirvino, here:

cheers and keep up the good work,


Victoria said...

Thank you for your comment Phil, and for the link on your site to my review! I check it out. Nice job.

Cheers, Victoria

Lisa said...

A local restaurantor gave a bottle of this to my boyfriend last night to enjoy with dinner. It was wonderful full bodied and the rasberry cherry blend made for a wonderful complement to the food. I need a case!

Victoria said...

Nice gift! You seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. A great bottle isn't it...

Cheers, Victoria

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Anonymous said...

It is now June 2, 2013 -- I have just tasted this wine Sonoma County Vineyards 2004 Pinot Noir. -- We knew it might be past its prime, but after it warmed a bit (about 20 minutes in the bottle) -- it really opened up. Its a little light in color, but really smooth, lots of cherries, black berry -- having it with cheese.....
Almost like dessert!!!
We understand that it is all gone, and this is the only bottle we have (won it at a fund raiser)....
If you still have any, you should drink it!!!