Sand Hill Winery
2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
Today’s Pip Wines 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a delightful and very highly recommended wine from our friends at Dunstan Wines.
This lovely, bright and juicy Pinot Noir has a secret that we’ve been authorized to divulge: it was crafted from declassified fruit from Dunstan’s own Durell Vineyard. This means that the wine was made from fruit that is grown in the same vineyard as this wine’s more expensive Dunstan brethren. Which makes today’s offering a wine that delivers a drinking experience well above its price classification. It is an extraordinary value.
Today’s wine was made by Kenneth Juhasz, who is winemaker extraordinaire for The Donum Estate, Robert Stemmler and Dunstan Wines in Sonoma County, and Pali Wine Company in the Santa Rita Hills. He is also winemaker for Auteur Wines, a winery that he owns and operates with his wife Laura. Kenneth is a respected master of California and Oregon Pinot Noir.
Today’s Pip Wines 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a remarkable inaugural Pinot offering from our friends at Dunstan Wines and we offer it to you with our heartiest recommendation.
A wonderfully dark ruby core that falls off nicely to a slightly pink rim.
Lush and full on the nose, with fruity aromas of braised cherry, rhubarb, and orange zest overlaying notes of raspberry bramble and subtle clove.
Rich and robust on the palate, with deep, concentrated flavors of stewed red cherry, braised blackberry, and pomegranate black tea playing a perfect counterbalance to notes of subtle dark spice and sweet tobacco.
A wonderfully balanced, sustained finish, with a wealth of red fruit and black pepper lingering through a smooth, lasting finale.
We would highly recommend serving this balanced and food friendly wine with a grilled duck breast and balsamic blueberry reduction.
What the Winery Says
- Kenneth Juhasz
- Sonoma Coast, California
- 15 months in French oak (20% new)
- 316 Cases