Mission Codename The Beast of Pinotland
Today’s 95 point Orrin Sage 2016 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir will take most Pinot lovers by surprise. This wine is bright, lively, and packed with flavor. It is also that rare beast in Pinotland, the age-worthy Pinot. This wine drinks beautifully now, with bold character throughout, but it will continue to soften and improve with a little aging. See how this wine progresses over the next few years, by grabbing enough bottles to break out one every six months - for the next few years.
In the glass, it shimmers with a vibrant maroon hue from the core to the edge with excellent clarity. The nose is vibrant, bright and lively, foreshadowing a fresh wine with aromas of raspberry, cranberry, anise, dragonfruit, and baking spices. The palate is somewhat surprising, offering more barrel notes of toffee and vanilla, with the fruit taking on a cherry character, accompanied by sarsaparilla and pomegranate. It’s got a very lively acidity that drives bright fruit notes. This wine has tremendous age-ability and will become wonderfully smooth over time. The perfect pairing for sweet and savory cuisine such as Moroccan with couscous, lamb, and golden raisins.
The Sonoma mountain AVA was shaped by ancient volcanic activity. The mountain, which consists of obsidian, marine deposits, and ash, rises high above the Sonoma Valley. Vineyards on Sonoma Mountain benefit from being above the fog line. This allows for even, slow ripening – resulting in wines that are elegant and complex.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
95 Points - Kevin M Vogt, Master Sommelier - “This stunning Pinot Noir starts with a penetrating nose of bright red plum, intermingling with wet stone, hints of fresh sage leaf and lavender. The focused, compact palate is linear in style with a brilliant blend of tart red cherry, ripe pomegranate, crushed raspberry, red currant, blueberry compote and zingy acidity that cuts a swath across your palate and leaves you begging for more. The finish is long, satisfying and expansive with perfect balance and elegance. Highly recommended.”
What the Winery Says
2016 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
- Justin Harmon
- Pinot Noir
- Sonoma Mountain
- 50% new French oak for 16 months
- Production Quantity
- 150 cases