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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerSojourn (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardSangiacomo Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
UPC Code(s)9336975000013

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2019 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 68 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by kennyd on 1/30/2015 & rated 94 points: This is drinking so well right now, in a very natural way. It's a big, Cali Pinot, but it's doing that almost perfectly. Not Burgundian, and I think it never will be. Doesn't matter, because it simply tastes really good. WOW! (186 views)
 Tasted by Annie1 on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Absolutely perfect right now. This is a luscious pinot noir. Wish I had several more bottles. (315 views)
 Tasted by swivel112 on 12/26/2014: Christmas dinner. Standing Rib Roast with horseradish cream, roasted potatoes, popovers. Honestly don't recall anything other than the wine was delicious. (582 views)
 Tasted by UofM on 12/16/2014: Notes from Thanksgiving, but not very clear on everything. Nice bright fruit, with some hints of earthiness and dark fruits. nice balance of acidity. Nicely done Sojourn. (935 views)
 Tasted by klezman on 12/9/2014: Fantastic. Earthy, slightly smoky, lots of fruit and savoury notes. A complete wine now with lots of texture and great balance. Dark cherry, raspberry, mineral/chalk, herbs, truffle, flowers, and Sonoma Coast earth. Drink it or wait to see what happens over the next few years. Could easily be a wine to open a bottle every year until you finish the case. (924 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 11/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Black cherry, strawberry, earth, and a bit of orange peel. Nice balancing acidity. (788 views)
 Tasted by 1997cobalt on 10/6/2014 & rated 94 points: So delicious and irresistible. Hard to put down as it attacks the palate in so many ways. Full of dark berries and cherry. Well balanced and the finish lingers much longer than most. Should be good for a number of years. (1311 views)
 Tasted by PSUSteve on 9/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Pop and pour. On night one, this was dominated by spice and strong acidity. After VinVac, on night two, the spice was balanced by deep cherry and it seemed more balanced overall. (91-92 on night two) (1407 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 7/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Translucent garnet. Black cherry, cola, earth, and forest floor. Nice balancing acidity. (1199 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 6/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Ruby color; on the opaque side for a pinot noir but slight translucency. Pronounced and typical varietal aroma, with red fruits, smoke, nicely balanced oak. Burgundian-style nose. Full-bodied flavor, concentrated, very well balanced between fruit, tannin and acidity. Excellent rich fruit flavors which increased on the palate. Very long, smooth aftertaste. This, along with Walter Hansell North Slope, are probably our favorite American pinot noirs. I get much more nose, flavor, and complexity from this than from Kosta Browne, Martinelli, or Marcassin...and the 2012 should be even better!
Ric (1624 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 6/14/2014: Right up at the edge of ripeness for me now but the fruit is delicious. Very creamy mouthfeel. Sweet oak note and medium plus finish. (1437 views)
 Tasted by kennyd on 6/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Consistent with 3/9/14 notes. WOW! (1238 views)
 Tasted by theodore3 on 6/7/2014 & rated 91 points: Fresh but a bit oakey. (1205 views)
 Tasted by jinks on 4/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Excellent. Just what we were hoping for, a very balanced bottle of wine that shows a little bit of the structure and depth that pinot is capable of but also the light and rich texture of fruit. (1449 views)
 Tasted by alex4wine on 3/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Liked this wine. It was very good. $44.99 - good QPR (870 views)
 Tasted by kennyd on 3/9/2014 & rated 94 points: SO, SO GOOD! Maybe a touch hot, but that will lessen with age. And the Burgundian side will come forward. On the other hand, the Sangiacomo fruit is really tasty right now. A "Well Done!" to the folks at Sojourn. (1587 views)
 Tasted by mcsac67 on 2/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Medium ruby in color. Nose of cherry, strawberry and earth. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, cola, mushroom and forest floor. Very well balance with well integrated tannins. Longish finish. Very nice. (1549 views)
 Tasted by Cutter on 1/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Burgundian earthiness meets California sunshine. Mushroom, forest floor, eucalyptus and cloves with ripe strawberry, cherry, and raspberry. Maybe a hint of cola on the palate. Great balance. Smooth, light tannins. Nice finish. (1808 views)
 Tasted by Taylor56 on 1/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 60 minutes. Very nicely made wine. Raspberry and cranberry notes over slight minerality. Medium weight that took on complexity in the glass. Much better than our last bottle 10 months ago. (1615 views)
 Tasted by Mad Dane on 1/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Same as my previous tasting note. (1878 views)
 Tasted by SineQuaNon on 12/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Much brighter than I remember it from our spring trip to Sonoma. Really a lovely wine! Wish I had more! (1401 views)
 Tasted by shaferguy91 on 12/2/2013 & rated 91 points: Not decanted. (1720 views)
 Tasted by KyleMittskus on 10/18/2013 & rated 92 points: Powerful, cranberries and sweet red berries, nice acid, mild but present tannin. I didn't spend much time analyzing. Too easy to just enjoy. Awesome. (1968 views)
 Tasted by Lessthanzero on 8/23/2013 & rated 91 points: slight spritziness, but goodness. (2312 views)
 Tasted by MXL on 7/17/2013 & rated 92 points: So good, perfect color, great nose of earth and ripe strawcherries. Very good acidity and balance with tastes of strawberries, minerals and river stone. (2449 views)
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By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #83 (1/15/2013)
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2011 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard

Bottled August 2012
600 cases produced
14.5% ABV
pH 3.67
TA: 5.7 g/L

Sangiacomo Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Our 2011 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot noir exhibits the lush creamy textures and dark red fruit flavors that fans have enjoyed in previous vintages. The cool 2011 growing season resulted in complex flavor development at slightly lower sugar levels and thus lower alcohol levels. We blended a small percentage of Swan clone to our traditional blend of clones 115 and 777. The resulting wine is nicely balanced with seductive aromas of dark cherry, black tea, and earthy forest floor. Textures are creamy and silky with an extra level of elegance and finesse.

The 2011 Pinot noir growing season was defined by historically low yields, a very cool spring, and a series of rainstorms in early October. Aggressive farming and discriminating pick decisions were critical to producing wines of the highest caliber. We ended up not picking several acres of grapes simply because we felt they were not ready. Fewer grapes picked, combined with historically low yields and discriminating blending decisions, resulted in lower case productions for some Sojourn wines. This is particularly true for the 2011 Sangiacomo Pinot noir and we expect it to sell out very quickly.

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.

Sangiacomo Vineyard

Winemaker Notes:
Green Acres Hill
This vineyard is owned by the prominent wine growing family, the Sangiacomos, and is located in the Carneros appellation, which overlaps the Sonoma Coast appellation. This area is well suited for Chardonnay having both a cool climate and well-drained soils. The Green Acres Hill block was planted to the Sangiacomo Wente selection in 1991. The rocky, well-drained soils are reminiscent of those from Burgundy. The vigor of the vine is kept in check by the shallow, well-drained soils, which in turn maintains low yields. The vines yield less than 7 pounds per vine which is an extremely low yield for Chardonnay. This in turn makes for a very concentrated wine. The characteristics of the wine are concentrated tropical notes.


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