Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
The Wine Advocate
The medium ruby colored 2017 Pinot Noir Nobles Vineyard was aged 15 months in 25% new oak. The nose has lovely scents of cinnamon stick, tree bark and an appealing smoky reduction, with a core of licorice-laced ripe black and red fruits. The medium-bodied palate is intense and layered with a firm, albeit grainy frame and great freshness on the long, nuanced finish. 300 cases were made.
Swirling, spiced-biscuit and blue-fruit aromas with an earthy edge, too. The palate has a very supple and sweetly flavorful edge that carries ample, succulent fruit flavor and a ripe build of fleshy tannin to close. Drink now.
Boysenberry, leather, turned earth and forest rise to the fore of this coastal wine, from a high-elevation site above the ocean. Juicy and offering length and breadth, it is both rich and riddled in acid-driven tension, providing powerful flavor and intensity.
The Tasting Panel
From the Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards, this expressive red has reached prime ripeness in its ninth vintage; it spent 15 months in 100% French oak. Hedonistic aromas of salted plum and pomegranate accompany undertones of ripe cherry, animale, and salty red fruit for a mouthwatering effect. Notes of red tea and a savory finish of fennel and root beer make a unique impression.