Winemaker Joe Nielsen (for 9 years the head winemaker at Donelon) has crafted a beautiful expression of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir here.
It’s from the famed Gap’s Crown and Durell Vineyards – and actually rates above the $75 Ram’s Gate Gap’s Crown Pinot in this vintage…as well as Kosta-Browne’s $165 version!
The winery says:
Hints of rhubarb, rose petal and star anise add complexity as the wine opens up. Dark red fruit, forest floor and holiday spice enhance the freshness and verve on the palate. A remarkable representation of vintage and variety, we are thrilled with its drinkability today and future age-worthiness.
Dunnuck rates this “Outstanding, too,” saying:
Bright black cherry, mulberry, and passion fruit as well as lots of violet and spice notes emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort. With terrific purity of fruit, a kiss of background oak, and a great finish, it's a terrific appellation wine to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.