“The nose opens with multiple aromas of ripe raspberries, fresh baked bread, green and black teas, along with more subtle elements of earth, dried flowers, smoke and iodine. In the mouth raspberry fruit dominates an equally complex mix of flavors, showcased by a classic pinot texture, both rich and lively. Quite a mouthful!”

This year all my Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir came from the Crane vineyards, both vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast, at the base of Crane Canyon, where they benefit from the cool breezes that come down, every evening, from Bodega Bay through the Petaluma Gap. The Cranes farm about 15 acres of pinot, split into some 10 blocks, divided by clone, soil and location, including three Dijon and two Italian ‘Pinot Nero’ cultivars.

I would characterize the Dijon clones as providing both intense raspberry fruit and great mid-palate richness while the Pinot Nero clones show a delightful wild berry character, darker color and bright acidity. Together they make a delicious wine.

Food Pairing: Coq au vin, (mushrooms and bacon), or for a vegetarian match: lentils, mushrooms and kale, Manchego with almonds.

Wine Specs

Vintage: 2010

Appellation: Sonoma Coast

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.1%

pH: 3.75

Aging: New and seasoned French oak barrels.

Longevity: 7-10 years