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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 23 
ProducerRadio-Coteau (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationLa Neblina
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2011 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Radio Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 128 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by NY Wino on 2/19/2012 & rated 93 points: Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Ruby red color, the nose has spice, alcohol and red fruit. The wine has continued to improve and evolve with more time in the btl. There are lots of cinnamon spice notes along with tangy acidity. The finish is long with cinnamon and toasty oak flavors. Really nice after 8 years. (2647 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 12/15/2011: Drank great. Dark in color. Big and ripe in style. Has improved since my last taste. Long finish. (2714 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 8/8/2011: 14.4% alcohol. This has always been a very impressive Radio-Coteau, and it remains so. Black cherry color. No signs of age. Beautiful nose of black cherry, rich earthy notes, and a touch of mineral-laced spice. In the mouth, quite rich and on the darker side of the fruit spectrum, with black cherry and blackberry coupling beautifully with the darker earth notes. The acidity lends vibrancy and tang still, with a long finish. Just a very pleasant wine that has fleshed out and integrated well. A-/A (2800 views)
 Tasted by SMG on 6/9/2010 & rated 90 points: Did not decant. Drinking well, although I have not had this in almost two years, it seems to have lost a little of its fruit and is a little lighter than I recall the last bottle. I think I enjoyed this more in its youth with all the fruit. It did seem to improve a little with some air time, so a 1 hour decant would probably be the way to go. (3649 views)
 Tasted by Edclr on 4/27/2010 & rated 88 points: I was underimpressed. expected more. (3502 views)
 Tasted by Knicksfan on 2/2/2010 & rated 86 points: I would drink these - seem to be on the downside to me. (2185 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 12/26/2009 & rated 92 points: a classic RRV beauty! (2240 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 12/26/2009 & rated 89 points: Dark in color. Big Cali Pinot. Nice spice and good concentration. Well balanced with a good finish. (2263 views)
 Tasted by PatLee on 10/22/2009: Popped and poured. Nice cranberry, spice. Definitely vanilla from oak, but a nice rounded flavor profile. Balanced and good for food. (2593 views)
 Tasted by NY Wino on 7/29/2009 & rated 92 points: Decanted and drunk over 3 hour period. Deep ruby red color with a bouquet of ripe cherries, black licorice and some alcohol. The wine has really nice red fruit flavors, followed by blueberry and some spice. There is excellent acidity and the finish is quite long with notes of vanilla. Overall a really good Sonoma pinot at a reasonable price. (2468 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 7/5/2009 & rated 89 points: Tough to taste versus KB. More restrained and a bit more vanilla. Good wine that lacked fireworks. (89) (2627 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 4/22/2009 & rated 92 points: As delicious as the last bottle! (2835 views)
 Tasted by drend on 4/17/2009 & rated 85 points: Stronger than I would prefer (2875 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 3/1/2009: 14.4% alcohol. This wine just never disappoints. Rich black cherry color. Fabulous aromatics, filled with black cherry, juicy plum, minerals, spice, and a distinct earthy, dirt note. Luscious, round, balanced, and full of life in the mouth. The fruit stands front and center, with its juicy and clearly delineated flavors. It's supported by tremendous complexity, layers of spice and earth that lead to lively acidity. Long finish that just bursts forward with the fruit flavors. Tremendous stuff. Showing better than I remember. A-/A (2969 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/11/2009: Pleasant but fairly simple nose of cherries; palate is nicely textured, with decent acidity. Drinking very well now. (3029 views)
 Tasted by martuna on 1/1/2009 & rated 91 points: Delicious with excellent finish. (3403 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/31/2008 & rated 89 points: blueberry, clean and crisp juicy fruit. lovely smooth mouthfeel. just missing that "something special" that a $40+ pinot needs IMHO. tasty bottle though (3069 views)
 Tasted by orcharddude22 on 12/31/2008 & rated 91 points: I think this is the last bottle in my cellar. This was originally the least desirable pinot of Eric's lineup but after drinking 18 of these it is a winner. We served this as one of the wines at our son's wedding last year and burnt through a dozen or so. It is still drinking strong, great nose of red fruit and earth with a fruit forward taste profile. Not terribly complex but a solid pinot. (3031 views)
 Tasted by JScott on 12/28/2008 & rated 89 points: More funk than I remember, but still an extracted, big style of pinot with mostly red fruits. (3021 views)
 Tasted by Pool Boy on 12/16/2008 & rated 90 points: Fruit and elegance in a glass. Garnet color. Nice faint smokiness, pulverized fallen leaves, many brown spices, and more. I liked it. 90-91pts. (2937 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/5/2008: I didn't take notes on this bottle, but remember a slight sourness that was unpleasant. Could be awkward stage as i often like this wine. (3084 views)
 Tasted by caboychuck on 10/22/2008 & rated 90 points: Garnet color. Nose is very nice with strawberry, spice, smokey fire, forrest floor, rasp liqueor and a little cola. Palate almost matches nose to a tee with a little black tea. Really enjoyed. (2849 views)
 Tasted by DougLee on 9/8/2008 & rated 87 points: Nose was closed and there was a bit too much licorice for my taste. Fruit was not forthcoming as much as previous bottles. Pleasant but not outstanding. Could have been a suboptimal bottle. Judgement reserved. (2953 views)
 Tasted by SMG on 9/7/2008 & rated 90 points: Did not decant. Drinking nicely right from the start. Lots of sour cherry and some raspberry along with a bit of earth. I don't think this will improve any, but it will be fun to see what happens to this in a couple years. (3077 views)
 Tasted by tanglenet on 8/23/2008: Opened not decanted. Funk, tennis shoes, strawberry and licorice on the nose. A dry fruit attack with sweet notes of strawberry; end with a dry fruit finish. Good. (2854 views)
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By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #40 (8/1/2006)
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Burghound, 3rd Quarter, 2006, Issue #23
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Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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