Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
At Flowers, Pinot Noir is partially de-stemmed to provide a 75% whole-berry environment in our small open-top fermenters. Pinot Noir is cold-soaked for five to seven days at a temperature of 45° F and the hand-punching-down begins. After the cold-soak period, the fermenter is warmed to 68 °F to 85 °F and wild yeast carries the fermentation to showcase the terroir and complexity. Once fermentation is complete the wines are left in contact with the skins for 10-15 days to further enhance flavor and color development. Free-run wines are drained using natural gravity flow to French oak barrels and the remaining skins are gently pressed in a small traditional basket press. All wines are aged between 14-16 months in small French oak barrels from Burgundian Coopers. The Flowers' philosophy is to retain all of the natural vineyard elements while hand-crafting Pinot Noir. This ensures the true expression of their unique vineyard sites when the wines are enjoyed.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
Jeb DunnuckMoving 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.
Wine EnthusiastThis 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.
VinousThe 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. Drinking window: 2020-2026.
Wine SpectatorSavory spice notes accent the macerated raspberry and freshly crushed wild cherry flavors. Hints of white pepper show on the finish. Drink now through 2024.
Wine AdvocateThe pale ruby colored 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers up bright red and black berries, woodsmoke and tobacco leaves on the nose with bright pops of citrus peel. The palate is light-bodied, soft, delicate and earthy with a spicy finish.