Members of Wingtip’s Wine Clubs (1 Bottle or 2 Bottle) received some fantastic Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir this month. The Club’s Wine Director, Christina Sports, wrote up the following notes about the wines.
One Bottle Club
Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2011
Long regarded as one of the pioneers of high elevation coastal Pinot Noir, Flowers has demonstrated over the years that the vineyards in this remote corner of Sonoma Coast can produce wonderfully aromatic and expressive Pinot Noir, and are also greatly structured, which allow for great aging potential. The recently-anointed Fort Ross- Seaview AVA is home to Flowers, where current winemaker Jason Jardine has taken over the reins, and is again showing the world what magnificence can come from this extremely difficult farming site. Following a stellar lineage including Steve Kistler (Kistler Vineayrds), Greg LaFollette (Tandem, LaFollette Wines), Ross Cobb (Cobb Wines) and Katy Wilson (LaRue), Jardine is now coaxing the beautiful nuances out of the pinot grown at 1800 ft. elevation in vineyards like Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View. From Antonio Galloni, Wine Spectator: “A model of total elegance and class, the 2011 Sea View Pinot Noir from Flowers is absolutely gorgeous. Savory herbs, crushed flowers, licorice, salt, orange peel, mint and plums are all woven together in the glass. Today, the 2011 is impeccably crafted and flat-out gorgeous. Although very much a medium-bodied wine, I would not at all be surprised to see the 2011 blossom with more time in bottle. This is an impressive effort.” – Antonio Galloni. Hold until 2016 – 2017.
Two Bottle Club
A.P. Vin Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Winemaker/owner Andrew P. Vingiello started on the winemaking path in 2002 after tasting a bottle of 1998 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir that left him speechless. He set out to gain experience from some of the industry’s established top names in Pinot Noir production, namely Brian Loring of Loring Wine Company. Andrew established his winery in Lompoc in 2005, where he was closer to his fruit sources at the time. Since then, he has developed relationships with growers up and down the coast of California, and his Ridgetop Vineyard expression of Pinot Noir has caught the critic’s attention. Comprised of clones 667, 777 & 115, it is an unfined and unfiltered pinot bursting with expressive fruit and structure. A vineyard that has produced 100-pt wines in the past, Andrew’s expression is big and bold, making use of the cool climate and high elevation of the site. One more cool thing? He now produces right here in San Francisco, in a Mission District warehouse. Drink Local!
LaRue Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
Owner/winemaker Katy Wilson knows Sonoma Coast. After falling in love with the vineyards and unique microclimates of the coast while working at Flowers as their oenologist and assistant winemaker under Ross Cobb, she took over winemaking duties briefly before departing to produce the wines of Kamen, where she was able to launch her own pinot passion project, LaRue, in 2009. Named for her spirited great-grandmother, LaRue has quickly gained the attention of critics and wine industry leaders alike. Named by Jon Bonné in the San Francisco Chronicle as a “Winemaker to Watch” in February 2013, she has gained a secure place in the new California winemaking elite with her incredible balance of juiciness and tension; producing friendly but highly structured wines. The 2011 Sonoma Coast is a blend of Rice-Spivak and Emmaline Ann Vineyards, located in the Sebastopol/Occidental area. Bold and layered, with cool fruit and an ethereally long finish, plum, cranberry, cream and cola flavors intermingle with crushed quartz, rose petal and touches of smoky meats. The 2011 vintage is particularly charming, showing a lifted, floral aromatic bouquet that will leave you wanting more. Only 139 cases produced.