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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 6 
ProducerAston Estate (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Aston Estate Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cadamson on 4/10/2015 & rated 89 points: A good, albeit too large, pinot. Big almost syrupy red fruit. Tasty as hec (it is a crowd pleaser), but a bit too monolithic to have more than a glass or so. (418 views)
 Tasted by tgkswine on 3/19/2015 & rated 93 points: excellent, floral, red fruit and in balance. not over the top or overly extracted. the 09 is my favorite of the Aston vintages so far. (477 views)
 Tasted by tgkswine on 3/19/2015 & rated 90 points: time to drink up but still holding up well. (519 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 12/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Lovely floral aromas with red cherry, raspberry, and hint of rhubarb on the palate with delicious spice notes and acidity on the long finish.
To my palate at least just edged out an 09 KB SC. (689 views)
 Tasted by baslan on 11/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Delicious! (809 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 10/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Big and voluptuous wine that pushes the new world envelope a bit. For its style, it is a very good, delicious wine that stresses ripe fruit over more tertiary notes. This took a few years to round into form, but it is in a very good place right now. This could handle much heartier food that your typical pinot. (617 views)
 Tasted by NTR on 8/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Bursting strawberry nose. Earthy oaky. Strong cherry flavor. Very full bodied. Little zesty. Decidedly Cali new world Pinot. Very tasty. 93 (739 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 4/13/2014: Second Sunday Group: 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Ripe and raisiny, bordering on pruny, with cranberry and sour fruit aromas. The palate is no different, with sour fruit and prune flavors. Others seemed to like this more than I, but I couldn't enjoy this. (1370 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 4/3/2014 & rated 93 points: As delicious as the last bottle with perhaps a touch of heat on the finish. (925 views)
 Tasted by JDRFoster on 2/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful New World Pinot, layers of dark cherry, red berries, cola, and some flowers. (913 views)
 Tasted by dlcass on 11/9/2013 & rated 94 points: Classic california Pinot; great nose. I would be interesting to see where this will go with more age. (1318 views)
 Tasted by NTR on 11/1/2013 & rated 92 points: Bright candy cherry nose. Light mint. Light tannins but quite a powerful flavor of red berries, tart acidity, earthy, medium to long finish. Slightly disjointed on finish though but a very new world Pinot. (1003 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 7/29/2013 & rated 94 points: As delicious as the last bottle. (1153 views)
 Tasted by theharve on 6/28/2013 & rated 95 points: this is rite up there with the best reviewed 09 son. coasts. (1163 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 4/5/2013 & rated 94 points: Lovely floral aromas with red cherry, raspberry, and rhubarb on the palate with delicious spice notes on the long finish. (1408 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/23/2013: - Crimsom color and has flavours of strawberry. (1185 views)
 Tasted by WineBerg on 2/8/2013 & rated 89 points: 4+ hour decant. Pretty consistent with my last notes, though I get more earthiness this bottle.

Kirsch, cola, pepper, mushrooms/earth tones, some alcohol still in the nose. A really big, riper style of Pinot. (1514 views)
 Tasted by WineBerg on 11/30/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted for 3 hours.

Big smack of leather, baking spices, cola, hint of kirsch. Noticeable acidity. The wife had trouble picking a flavor out of it...It grew on me as the night went on, and after we ate.

It's been 8 months since I've had this, and with all the wine tasting I've done this year, my palate and rating scale have changed a bit since then. I've moved a bit away from the full big new world style of pinot. So I'm taking this down from my March rating to line up more with my revised scale...it's a good wine, but there's nothing that really jumps out at me, and it's not a very good QPR. I had the $25 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot last night, which I gave a 90, and I do think it's the better wine. Of course both the Aston and the RM are the same winemaker, Thomas Brown. As I noted in my last Aston TN from March, I thought the RM Pinot was more in the Burgundian style, just a nice, subtle, well balanced example of Pinot Noir, while the Aston is just much more new world. I still feel that way about them. If I was going to introduce someone to Pinot Noir, I would reach for the RM over the Aston.

Will improve with a few more years in the cellar, or give this a few hours decant at least. (1691 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/25/2012: - Crimsom color and aromas of raspberry and strawberry. Satin-Like texture with a medium finish - Typical Cali Pinot nose, dark in color with a very smooth silky mouth feel. A terrific Pinot if subtlety is not important. Drinking very well now. Enjoy.

 Tasted by J-Sho on 10/3/2012 & rated 91 points: First of all let me just say: LOL! There is such a division in Pinot camps that clearly come across in the CT scores of this wine. That being said, this wine is dark through and through. Immediately with cola and dark black fruit with a tinge of clove. Big on the palate for a Pinot with a long finish and soft tannins. Personally, I like my Pinots a bit more on the lighter side with bright fruit and a bit more acid. Though not in my wheelhouse, this is a nice wine and a good occasional change from the Pinots I usually drink. (1366 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 8/13/2012 & rated 91 points: Good, not a repeat (496 views)
 Tasted by ChinonRouge on 5/25/2012 & rated 90 points: Muted flavors. Decent, but honestly, not very good value. I prefer Merry Edwards, Williams Seylem, and other Sonoma Pinots over this Aston. (1902 views)
 Tasted by jaxpaj on 3/29/2012 & rated 94 points: Very smooth with depth and a classic pinot funk that keeps me from loving the wine. I am a cabernet guy but enjoy adventuring out and I can taste the quality. If you are a Pinot fan this may be a top 10 wine for 09. (2117 views)
 Tasted by drycab on 3/26/2012: If this is Pinot Noir, then we don't need Cabernet anymore. I think this gets my point across! (1655 views)
 Tasted by WineBerg on 3/16/2012 & rated 92 points: Continuing with 09 Pinot after the last two nights. Trying to get a good CA 09 Pinot baseline here...Still have a glass left of the 09 Kanzler from last night, so a little bit of side by side comparison going on, but of course the Kanzler has been open for a day now.

So the Aston...Out of the cellar at 130pm, decanted at 400pm. Still a little cool from the cellar, but almost room temp. Tasted over the first 30 minutes. A little more purple than the light ruby color Kanzler, but close. Definitely a much bigger style than the Kanzler or Red Car. Not a lot of fruit on the nose, much more earth, oak, spices, cassis, tobacco, butter. That buttery diacetyl taste isn't really in the palate, but I get the aroma on the nose. Big, grippy tannins, but smooth. Not a lot of fruit on that palate either, much more earth and spice tones throughout. But good backbone, and the alcohol is balanced nicely. The Kanzler and Red Car both seemed overly alcoholic at times.

1 hr: Room temp. I think a hint of chocolate and pepper on the palate now too. The buttery nose has faded a bit. Tannins still grip nicely.

2 hrs: This seems pretty stable already...nothing really new jumped out at me.

3 hrs: I was cooking and missed this interval...

4 hrs: With dinner, homemade chicken alfredo. Picked up more fruit, black cherries, when had with the alfredo, which is the most fruit I've tasted in this wine. Tannins seem to have relaxed a bit, but might be the cream and cheese in the alfredo that tones it down. Definitely more of an earthy Pinot, and I think this might be a love it or hate it type of wine. Not the same style as TRB makes at Rivers-Marie.

Just did side by side with some Kanzler. Definitely more fruit in the Kanzler, and it's much different and lighter than the Aston. I have to give the edge to the Aston by just a hair though; it was a bit better right out of the bottle I think, and I like the bigger style.

5 hrs: Again pretty stable, and I did enjoy it with dinner. A big wine...Cab-ish almost. (1676 views)
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Pinot Noir

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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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