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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 23 
ProducerFlowers (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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UPC Code(s)000004117964

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2021 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 56 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Meerlust on 12/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Dark ruby red color. The nose is red fruited with a emphasis on cherry and raspberry. The palate matches the nose. This medium-bodied wine has good acidity but seems heavier than the 2008 Ken Wright Savoya we had earlier. The finish is solid as well. Overall, this was a very enjoyable bottle of wine. (663 views)
 Tasted by Robert Pavlovich on 12/25/2014: Red cherry and a whiff of cola on the nose and palate. Well balanced, it has decent freshness and structure with good spice and tannic backbone for its level. (788 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 12/14/2014 & rated 92 points: Very light and sweet red cherry, medium finis. Went great with chicken marsala and risotto (738 views)
 Tasted by rshumard on 7/13/2014: - Purple color and aromas of violet and has flavours of black currant - Drank with fresh wild Alaskan salmon at our house with Marty and Henry on July 12, 2014. Great sunset over Cabezon and a Super Full Moon. (1430 views)
 Tasted by rshumard on 5/31/2014: - Purple color - Dinner w/Kermite at our house on 5/30/14. Slight butterscotch nose that went away quickly resolving into classic smoke and gun metal after taste. (1518 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/24/2014: Initially on pop and pour, this wine is surprisingly neutral - not giving much aroma especially for a California pinot noir. The palate gives dark cherry fruit and a savory edge; not sure I would've even picked this as pinot noir if tasting blind. The acidity is good and the fruit not overripe, but this just felt a bit dull at first. No presence of TCA, just reminded me of an over-the-hill Bourgogne.

On nights 2 and 3 after refrigeration, this loosened up and showed more typicity, and the juicy acid backbone here provides most of the pleasure, but given that I liked this wine at release, this is perhaps a bit disappointing. Could be an awkward middle stage? (1174 views)
 Tasted by winelover1808 on 2/8/2014 & rated 91 points: very nice. nice elegant fruit, hints of fog, nice acidity and finish. (1446 views)
 Tasted by Pluecht on 12/8/2013 & rated 90 points: Full bodied, drinking nice (1589 views)
 Tasted by Pluecht on 11/29/2013 & rated 90 points: Easy drinking medium bodied Pinot. Crowd favorite. (1114 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 4/1/2013 & rated 89 points: PnP w/30 min glass time. Clear, deep dark purple/ruby color. Opened up w/time. Proper Pinot nose/taste profile. Good balance/drinking window. Med/body/finish, on the bigger side, not over ripe, red vs. black fruit, somewhat tart. Nothing off, $40. (2799 views)
 Tasted by Helmut78 on 12/31/2012 & rated 91 points: Decanted 30 min prior to pairing with homemade cioppino.

Bright red fruity nose.

Soft and well balanced on the palate with velvety finish.

Very good + Pinot. Ready to drink now. (2894 views)
 Tasted by dsheetz on 12/30/2012 & rated 87 points: Good but not great pinot. Tart, not that sophisticated. Too pricey for the quality. (2619 views)
 Tasted by dransford on 11/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Very nice. Lovely perfume. (3098 views)
 Tasted by Boxster Guy on 11/18/2012 & rated 89 points: Beautiful expression of terroir. Bright ruby color. Nose of red fruits. Palate of red fruit, soft baking spice and oak. Finely integrated tannins on the medium finish. Drinking nicely right now. (2945 views)
 Tasted by EvanRose on 11/1/2012 & rated 92 points: Soft on the palate, short finish and slight floral accent. A quality wine (2263 views)
 Tasted by thetong on 10/17/2012 & rated 89 points: A bit more complex than the 2008. Similar red fruit nose, quite nice. Palate has a little more complexity with red fruit and earth more apparent. Decent finish but still a bit light & watery, especially for the usually more fruit-forward Pinots of Sonoma. At $50ish it's still not a great QPR and is competing with so many solid Cali pinots in that price point. (1953 views)
 Tasted by Scharin on 10/7/2012 & rated 92 points: Medium garnet color. Very nice nose of fresh raspberries, root beer, and some cedar. Front palate is dry with some light fruit and a woody character, finish is cola with moderate tannins and acidity. (2022 views)
 Tasted by taudelt on 7/3/2012 & rated 93 points: Earthy notes throughout. Reminiscent of a cab sauv but without tannic finish. Nicely paired with pork and beef entrees. (2679 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 6/18/2012 & rated 88 points: This bottle has a lot of tar, both on the nose and mid palate. Not anise. The finish is somewhat thin and drops off. I was going to order some more tonight but think I will hold off. Either patz/hall or talley for drinking after work. (2812 views)
 Tasted by maderay on 6/10/2012 & rated 92 points: VG+. Spicy, berries, medium to full-body. Drank with Steve and Aymee at their place with salmon and a ginger-soy sauce. (2762 views)
 Tasted by PIntag on 5/5/2012 & rated 90 points: Pinot Noir - Mendocino and Sonoma Counties (The Wine Country, Signal Hill, CA): $47.99. Fragrant, perfumed nose with good amplitude. Palate starts out soft and round but transitions to a very well balanced and elegant mid-palate. Long finish with good depth of fruit. I'd like to see a touch more acidity overall, but this is a very nice wine. Quite expensive for an appellation offering and not a great QPR. My #2 wine of the tasting, but clearly behind the much less expensive Elizabeth Spencer for me. (3259 views)
 Tasted by GoBlue2002 on 3/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Light in color, with a weak aroma at this pricepoint. However, the flavors were well integrated and sparkled on the tongue. The finish was of moderate length. (3417 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/18/2012: Granted it was the fifth bottle of the dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised by this California pinot, definitely a California Pinot with fruit, bigger than the preceding Fourrier, still medium bodied, good balance, good acidity, went down just fine (3262 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 3/15/2012: Good Sonoma coast expression of pinot. (3261 views)
 Tasted by theronware on 2/12/2012 & rated 90 points: Cherries and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Soft on the palate with overtones of cassis, some cola, and slight, well-integrated oak notes . Creamy mouthfeel. (3425 views)
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(Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast) Floral, hibiscus, tart cherry nose; floral, hibiscus, tart cherry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points  90 points
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Producer website

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn’t know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California’s rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that’s exactly where they landed.

In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them.

Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews. In addition to direct consumer sales, the wines are sold to fine restaurants and retailers in the US and overseas.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

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