Sand Hill Winery
2007 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
Run, don't walk
It is rare to find such a well-aged and beautifully balanced Pinot Noir.
Today’s 2007 Sand Hill Winery Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir really impressed our tasting panel with its balanced and elegant style. While some 2007 Pinots are beginning to show their age, today’s seems to be hitting its stride.
Today’s Durell Vineyard is perfectly positioned in the Carneros AVA, where some of California’s finest Pinot Noir is grown. This vineyard supplies some of California’s most prestigious wineries, including Kistler, Patz & Hall, Tor Kenward Family Wines, Robert Craig, Armida and more. While wines from some of these vineyards command ultra-premium prices, today’s wine is an absolute steal.
Very dark, but clear and shimmery with garnet hues that transition to brick and then clear at the meniscus.
Dark plum, black cherry cordial, dried wild mushroom, dark dried leather, dry forest floor, subtle spice and geranium.
Stewed cherry, stewed plum, supple leather, Bing cherry cordial, nasturtium flower, lightly steeped jasmine black tea and a hint of black pepper.
Flavors initially expand across the palate, before becoming more soft and delicate.
Stuffed mushrooms with a dry Manchego cheese or a blackened New York steak.