Posts Tagged Sonoma Coast

2013 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This mouth-coating, fleshy wine, crafted from two Pinot Noir clones, shows off deep dark cherry, assorted black fruits, earthiness and minerality. Great with game meats, lamb or duck, it’s a complex wine that has both the brass notes from the... Read more

2014 Sonoma Collection District 3 ‘Growers Reserve’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

When a winery or vintner makes the decision to eschew oak barrel aging, they're taking a calculated risk: Without the aromas and flavors imparted by oak, the aromas and flavors of the grapes must stand on their own. Well, that “risk” turned out... Read more

2013 On Point Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Among winemakers who procure grapes from other than estate vines, two of the most coveted sources in the Sonoma Coast AVA are the Sangiacomo and Gap’s Crown vineyards. They provided all of the fruit for the 2013 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, a... Read more

2013 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent red coral in color that lightens at the rim. Aromas of sweet red cherries jump from the glass and are joined by additional scents of green tea, sweet orange, and a dash of baking spices. True to the varietal, there is a light, uplifted... Read more

2013 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Vivid straw in color. Layered scents of sweet lemon, vanilla, white peach, buttery shortbread, and spice prove seductive. In the mouth, the wine has a medium-full body, with palate-coating buttered apple and woodspice carrying all the way to the... Read more

2014 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Winemaker James MacPhail is a certifiable Pinot nut. He makes a dozen different lots of Pinot Noir and more every vintage. Even so, he has a soft spot for well-crafted rosé, especially when made from the Pinot Noir grape. Drawing from the many... Read more

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir, Jenkins Ranch, Sonoma Coast

Nutmeg, cherry, jammy strawberry, clove, cinnamon, orange rind and cherry cola aromas are forward and promising. And the promise is kept, as the wine coats the mouth, picking up a youthful, earthy, tannic grip after mid-palate, then cascades to a... Read more

2013 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

An engaging nose of butter-kissed baking spices and apple, leading to stone fruit and lightly toasted nuts. A small hole mid-palate fills back in nicely at the end, inviting another sip. MSRP: $38 (November 2014) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to... Read more

2012 Migration Chardonnay, Charles Heintz Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Although the broad “Sonoma Coast” AVA is listed on the label, this wine was made from grapes grown in a single vineyard in Green Valley — a small AVA within the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Green Valley is the coolest growing... Read more