2019 may stand out as one of the more exceptional vintages in recent memory. Cooler temperatures and stable weather for most of the growing season allowed for slow maturation of flavors without any heat events spiking sugar accumulation in the berries. Although 2019 also saw the devastating Kincade fire in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir and most Chardonnays in the county were harvested by then, so the smoke did not affect the grapes. Overall, look for wines with slightly lower alcohol, higher but integrated acids, and a depth of flavor that you would probably have to go back several vintages to find an equal.
“Looking at their appellation blend, the 2019 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is a beautiful wine that certainly gives some insight into the quality coming from this estate today. Offering a medium ruby/plum color as well as rocking notes of black raspberries, darker cherries, scorched earth, graphite, and roasted herbs, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful tannins, no hard edges, and outstanding length. Readers looking for a classic, high-quality, impeccably made Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir cannot go wrong here. It will have 7-8 years of prime drinking.”
– 94pts, Jeb Dunnuck