The 2021 vintage showcased the advantages of growing grapes on the coast in a drought year. Where some parts of the state were abnormally warm, the coast remained moderate and stable, allowing for winemaking-through-farming. We were able to carefully manage tonnage and let the fruit hang precisely as long as we wished, developing full phenolic ripeness while still preserving the acidic quality that is so characteristic of the coast. Of course, drought means less water, but the lack of severe heat days on the coast meant the vines, though water-stressed, were not overly so. Overall, look forward to a banner year for Pinot and Chardonnay, with wines that will be bright, concentrated, and age-worthy.
“The Senses 2021 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple in color. Ready-to-play notions of redcurrants, fresh cranberries, and raspberry leaves bound from the glass, followed by hints of wild sage, mossy tree bark, and Sichuan pepper. The medium-bodied palate is light on its feet and refreshing, chock-full of bright red berry flavors with a silky texture, finishing with an herbal lift.”- 91pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW