2008 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
We love Pinot Noir as it a highly versatile food wine! The best Pinot Noir is made from a blend of many clones to get layered complexity in the wine. We cofermented clones 115 with 828 and 667 with 777 from two vineyards to give balanced blending components resulting in a wine with excellent fruit, tannins and acidity. The wine was aged in 33% new French oak for 14 months.
This Pinot Noir is an opaque ruby with hints of violet color; intense aromas of baking spices, cherry (red and black), violets/floral, mélange of berries including strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cranberry; concentrated flavors integrated with fine tannins matching the aromas adding mineral, white pepper, hint of cola with a long tangy black fruit finish.
Leon recommends serving this wine with sage rubbed turkey, duck burgers, and roasted herb squab. It is ready to drink now but we recommend 12 months in bottle before opening and will develop with bottle age for the next 5 to 7 years.
Price: $42 - retail, $33.60 - pre-release