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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 19 
ProducerSojourn (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardRodgers Creek Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 46 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by NCWino1 on 7/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Agree with Phredd's note but has gained depth and complexity since tasting in 2013. Paid $44 from winery.......in line with value brought by this wine. I have three more left which will be consumed within the next year. This is in its perfect drinking window as I don't see this getting any better than it is right now. Drink up! (240 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 6/23/2015 & rated 92 points: Bright ruby, mostly opaque. Very pronounced sweet red fruit aroma...respberry, strawberry, cherry, with just a touch of oak and a slight acetic component. Full of bright red fruit flavors, no noticeable tannin, nicely balanced acidity. Medium body. Nice long, sweet aftertaste.This is perfectly ready, wouldn't age it any more for fear of losing some of its bright fruit. Time to enjoy!
Ric (414 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 5/19/2015 & rated 93 points: Medium brick-red, just a hint of brown at the edges, surprising for such a young wine. Medium-dark for a pinot noir. Typical varietal aromas of red fruits with sweet spices and subtle oak, showing some complexity. Medium body, no significant tannin, slightly more concentrated and complex flavors than their Russian River Valley, Fairly long, slightly hot aftertaste. A very nice wine, perfectly drinkable, doubt it will improve with age. Overpriced, though, at $48 from the winery.
Ric (547 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 4/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Mid red. Cherry cola with a slight bit of tartness, herbs, earth, and mushrooms. Plush and smooth. (534 views)
 Tasted by Geoff on 4/5/2015 & rated 94 points: Beautiful wine wine. Complex nose of violets and other flowers. Medium to almost full bodied, but not offensive.Smooth texture, sweet resolving tannins. Great food wine. (523 views)
 Tasted by UofM on 3/10/2015 & rated 90 points: drank over 3 days. Day one, a bit closed and lacking fruit. Day 2 was better and really showing the bright fruits. Day 3 it was singing. Overall a 90. (647 views)
 Tasted by svpandae on 2/23/2015 & rated 91 points: Bit of funk, smooth and somewhat rich. Tasty! (698 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 2/17/2015 & rated 91 points: 1 hr decant. Medium garnet to clear rim. Cherries, cranberries, raspberries with underlying earth and a hint of cinnamon. (691 views)
 Tasted by Geoff on 2/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Bright cherry, well balanced, medium bodied, tannins resolving. Delightful bottle. (596 views)
 Tasted by wendyinwlv on 10/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice, well balanced pinot. Not too much acidity and great minerality (1034 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 9/18/2014 & rated 93 points: This is probably my favorite of the 2011 Sojourn pinots. Medium-light color. Pronounced complex red fruit Burgundian nose. Medium body, with smooth, balanced flavors. Tasted blind, I would have thought it a very nice Burgundy. Only problem is price...our favorite, Walter Hansell North Slope, is $35, available locally without shipping cost, while this is $59 plus shipping, making it almost twice the cost. For that difference, I'd rather buy twice as much Hansell!
Ric (1108 views)
 Tasted by WineCPA on 9/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous Pinot! Full of cherry & berry flavors without the candy infusions of other wines from this area. Medium - full bodied with just enough earth to give it additional depth. Some spice on a long finish with medium acidity and moderate tannins. Wish I had more. (1027 views)
 Tasted by bobv on 5/26/2014 & rated 90 points: A very smooth, aromatic Pinot. Great flavor. A very nice Pinot! (1254 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 2/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Consistent with previous bottle. (1608 views)
 Tasted by mcsac67 on 1/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Bright ruby in color. Nose of perfumed cherry and damp earth. Flavors of tart cherry, spice and a hint of pepper. Lighter in body with a crisp acidic backbone. Nice. (1428 views)
 Tasted by Rich S on 10/20/2013 & rated 91 points: Medium garnet color. Nose of plum, dried cherry, a hint of forest floor and baking spice notes. Similar flavors on the palate with tart red fruit and a good amount of spice, including clove and a little black pepper. Slightly earthy on the back end and finish. Smooth mouthfeel and a spicy finish. This drinks like an old world pinot but still has that Cali fruit to it. Very nice. (1924 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/26/2013: IPNC Lunches and Dinners; 7/26/2013-7/27/2013 (McMinnville OR): Tasting. Red and black cherry start with some licorice and floral hints. Moderate concentration but very good energy provides support and length. I like this leaner style. (2452 views)
 Tasted by Phredd on 7/20/2013 & rated 92 points: NC Cindy Tasting, Pinot Noir (NC Wino's Stately Wayne Manor): A gorgeous, not overly dark ruby and purple in the glass, this has a very pretty, feminine nose. It is very fruity, with delicious sugared strawberry and raspberry compote, just a hint of cola flavoring, and a slightly metallic, almost zinc-like edge. The palate is sweet, but not overpowering, and just notably delicious. It has good, bright, youthful Rainier cherry and raspberry flavor, with the acidity that goes with the latter fruit when eaten fresh off the vine. Some of that zinc edge continues on the palate, as well, along with some orange oil. It does not have a lot of depth, yet, of course, being less than two years from harvest, but there is plenty of acidity and smooth tannin to hold this together while secondary flavors develop. The finish is surprisingly persistent, even young. I was about to be really impressed that this was just the Sonoma Coast bottling, which is what I intended to bring to the tasting, but it was quickly pointed out to me that I had grabbed the Rodgers Creek bottling by mistake. OK, by me. I got this on the Berserker Day offering for a mere $34, which was a steal for a wine that is this good now and with this much potential. I really like it. (1716 views)
 Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 7/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Sojourn Wine Dinner with Craig H. in Mckinney Texas (Rick's Chophouse, Mckinney Texas): Translucent, slightly cloudy bright garnet in the glass. Stemmy nose with a sharp, spicy black cherry background. Medium bodied with earthy, reticent fruit on the palate. Finishes a little short. This is 80% Pommard clone. (1601 views)
 Tasted by elamasters on 7/7/2013 & rated 93 points: Fantastic Pinot. Super expressive nose of bright cherry and orange peel with a hint of sandalwood. Incredible finnesse and balance on the palate. Really terrific. (1385 views)
 Tasted by Lessthanzero on 7/5/2013 & rated 92 points: I like this a lot. More elegant than the rest of the Sojourn lineup, and shows a little of the old world. Fruits yes, but also some earth and moss. (1096 views)
 Tasted by Yamadori on 6/22/2013 & rated 87 points: Decanted 2 hours and rebottled. Dark cherry fruit, spice and some burned candle wax on the nose. Dark cherry fruit profile with medium acidity. Notes of earth and cloves. A little thin compared to other Pinot's from Sojourn. Some noticeable fall off on the mid palate. Short finish with smooth tannins. This was certainly not bad wine but it is easily the most disappointing bottle of Pinot I have had from this producer. It is still young and maybe needs a year or so to develop and come together. Hoping for better from my other bottles in due course. (1048 views)
 Tasted by midtownmac on 6/2/2013: Anxious to try this. Light, translucent color. Very pretty. Nose of clove, cinnamon, assorted baking spice. Medium bodied, ripe pinot but well balanced between acidity and fruit. Tastes of red fruit and spice. This was juicy and tasty. (1134 views)
 Tasted by Griffin5416 on 3/21/2013 & rated 91 points: Nt as complex as sangiacomo or gaps crown but still a good bottle. (1415 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 3/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured with pasta and tomato herb sauce, and finished two nights later. Aroma of black cherry, leather and a bit of cola. Taste is pretty consistent, but not showing the cola. Good amount of acidity. (1339 views)
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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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