Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Did a side by side tasting of the 09 Sonoma Coast and the 09 Russian River Valley. Sonoma Coast - Ruby color, Nose of cherries, pepper, cola, fruit forward with very low acid, and fruit - wonderful smoothness with a delicious lingering pepper or herb ending. Truly a delightful wine.
The Russian River nose is much more astringent with strong notes of apple, smoked wood, cherries and berries. Fruit forward, but not as much as the Sonoma, nice finish, but not nearly as smooth, and definitely more pepper notes at the finish. A very good wine - can't complain about either. Have decanted and will try a bit later