Sourced from some of the most highly-regarded small family vineyards throughout this extreme appellation (closest to the ocean), this garnet siren howls for your full attention the minute you lay eyes on her. Expressive aromas of dark berries, black tea, herbs and sweet tobacco lead into a mouth full of ripe plum, orange and spiced licorice, all backed by a salinity and minerality that can only come from vineyards with views of the western horizon. This is more of a full-bodied and rich version of this Bounty Hunter favorite and will age effortlessly for years to come
The folks at UC Davis said it couldn’t be done. When Walt and Joan Flowers saw a newspaper ad for 321 acres of land on the Sonoma Coast, just 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean, they were immediately intrigued, but took pause. Only a few families – the Hirsches and the Bohans – were successfully growing grapes in such a cool part of California. Thankfully the Flowers ignored the ‘experts’ and planted Camp Meeting Ridge in 1991, so named for its history as an indian encampment and later, a site for religious retreats. Today Flowers is known for making some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in America.
Moving to the reds, the appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was just about completely destemmed (2% stems) and spent 10 months in 18% new French oak. Lots of spice box, earthy forest floor, cherries, and redcurrant notes define the bouquet, and it's medium-bodied and balanced, with good acidity and a great finish. As with everything from this estate, it's impeccably made and high-quality. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years.VN90
The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is pretty, aromatic and super-elegant. Crushed flowers, dried cherry, mint, sage, cedar and tobacco are some of the many notes that develop in the glass. The 2018 is perfumed, light on its feet and exquisitely beautiful—all qualities that make it a terrific choice for drinking over the next handful of years. These are some of the most intriguing wines I have tasted from Flowers in some time. Winemaker Chantal Forthun and consultant Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac are focusing on fewer bottlings, and that seems to be paying off. (AG)WE90
This wine opens in thick tannin and structure, with an enduring earthiness that takes form in forest-floor, black-tea and baking-spice elements. The fruit is elusive, conjuring hints of pomegranate, rhubarb and orange peel. (VB)