Nose: Seductive black cherry aromas with raspberry and cassis hints. Fantastic nose. Palate: Soft and perfectly mature with the black cherries and an almost perfumy flavor (odd as that sounds) with a super clean finish. Last bottle drank on 3/4/13 and this is at peak. Balanced, elegant and just fantastic. Glad I have one more bottle left but given how good this drinks the last one will be opened soon.
Notes were all exactly consistent with previous bottles. Textbook Sonoma Pinot; bright red fruit, burnt orange-like citrus and spice all molded together in a very supple package. Crowd pleasing, delicious style of wine. This will probably hang on for several more years, but it is in a very good place right now.
I love this wine! It rocks. My wife loves it too. I love that the color isn't an overly extracted deep purple. It's a nice somewhat translucent color that packs a punch of flavor. I also love the mouth feel - smooth as a baby's bottom. I'm about 3/4 of my way through the bottle and I'm already trying to find out where I can buy some more.
PnD. Medium burgundy in color. Big whiff of ripe strawberries, dark cherry, and cola on the nose. After a few hours, a floral perfumy element came forward. Fairly concentrated and very California.
Tasted in a Riedel Vinum Burgundy and Riedel Vivant Burgundy glasses. In the Vinum, the green stemminess I picked up last time was very apparent. In the Vivant, there was none at all. The big bowl and wide opening of the Vivant helped to tame the wine a bit and gave it more elegance.
Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Red fruits, cinnamon, brown sugar and forest floor on the nose. Spicy on the palate with medium body and zippy acidity. Flavors of cranberry, strawberry, cherry and baking spices. Decent finish. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
First time drinking this wine. Really enjoyed a lot, both with salmon grilled on cedar plank and then after dinner. Round, fruity, long finish but lots of structure; not at all the acidic mid-palate that I dislike. I'd drink a lot more pinot if I could get this for $40 every (or at least most).
Very Californian and very good. Bright red fruits with hints of citrus and spice to keep this from getting sweet or candy-like. The biggest highlight is probably the silky smooth mouth-feel. This is drinking really well right now and I can't see this improving much with age.
What a wonderful Pinot. Nice raspberry and texture that was perfect. Decanted shortly and drank over 2 hours. It has lots of bright red fruits singing with some subtle earth tones beginning to emerge. Even some floral notes on the nose that were very pretty. This is drinking perfectly right now but I can see this being great over the next 5 years still. A nice QPR in my opinion for $42. Wish I had a couple more bottles
Already rated this wine three times and that's quite enough. This was the last bottle of the 2009 4-pack that I had. All I can say is that this wine has been a delight to have. I believe that those who had more self-restraint than I did to hold bottles will be rewarded with this one in about 2-3 years when this one starts to go down the hill a little bit. Tonight this one was drinking beautifully. No eucalyptus, no heat. Just a very nice wine that has come into its element and drinking beautifully. This was a dirty red pour into the glass. Lilac and jasmine on the nose, Mature raspberry up front with attenuated acidity compared to previous bottles. Fruit is there but not "in your face." Dark and somewhat mature raspberry and black cherry were there and singing. Wine turned dark in the middle, with earth and a hint of sweet molasses despite a very strong black cherry backbone. Finished without much fruit. Tannin has already started to retreat but what was there was rather sweet and carried through to a 10-15 second finish. Nice. This wine is at the top of the hill right now, and will be a tough act to follow for Sojourn. Done by 2018.
Jammy, with minimal tannins and a slight sweetness. Flavors of earth, bramble and smoke underlie the fruit. With the tannins being very light and there being minimal acidity, this wine is almost a fruit punch. My tasting note seems to contradict other tasters. But the wine did not taste flawed so my tasting note will remain.
Medium dark ruby with red and dark cherry and raspberry very evident on the front end but not jammy; not a lot of earthiness but pleasant baking spices and a moderately long finish. More fruit than I expected; quite enjoyable with several really good years still ahead of it.
Drank this at Petite Crevette in Red Hook. BYO - no charge. Very dark for a pinot noir. Smooth and silky. Beautiful fruit. This wine was really showing off. After 2+ hours, the fruit was a little more forward. My friend Lew (also on the Sojourn list) and I really enjoyed this wine. One of the better aged Sojourns I've tasted. Drink and enjoy or hold.
PnP. On the nose dark ripe cherry, spice, cola, sweet fruit. On the palate expressive, ripe dark red fruit with earthiness, spice and acidity. Well balanced. A darker, bigger expression of pinot. Very well done.
Opened about 40 minutes before serving. Ripe, spicy fruit on the nose. Plenty of oak too. Firm acidity on the palate, which helps temper the ripe, jammy red fruit. Pleasant peppery spices and a bit of stem also show up after a few hours. Sweet through the mid-palate but I think it's from the relatively alcoholic 14.7 percent. A solid pinot noir but could definitely have been picked at lower ripeness levels.
Pinots with Warso: Almost identical flavor profile to the Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard, but with perhaps abit more concentration and extraction. Considering that this is about $30 a bottle less expensive than the Kosta Browne, it has a far superior qpr. If I had to pick one for future purchases, it would be the Sojourn.
This pinot continues to impress, and I dare say that it actually continues to IMPROVE in some aspects. This wine is very full bodied, and shows a darker side of pinot for sure. It is a good wine if you're trying to please someone who really isn't "IN" to pinot yet wants something that is lighter than your typical cab. People will almost guess that this is a syrah or zinfandel based on the hint of jam on the front, and the fruit that is very expressive early on, leaving you with almost a syrah-type of heat. A well done wine, and I can certainly tell why this one is a 92 on average but wonder what others are doing in the decanting department. This one is drinking well with a pop and pour, but really could use 30-45 minutes to become expressive.
PnP at a restaurant. Cloudy and on the darker side for a Pinot with medium legs. Ripe black cherries with rose petals and sweet oak on the nose. Tight palate initially, but it opened up nicely after about an hour with similar flavors as the nose. Good acidity. However, the wine had a certain "stemmy" edge to it that only got more pronounced as the meal went on...it eventually bordered on being bitter.
I was looking forward to enjoying this wine again since the last bottle over a year ago. I really wanted to like it, but there were too many distractions in the wine, from the lack of clarity to the aftertaste. Bottle was stored in a temperature controlled cellar so hopefully this was just a bad bottle or is going through a dumb phase.
Tasted in a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass at about 64°F.
Drank w/o decanting. Seemed very good from the start with deep red fruit flavors and some acid to help it along. We drank the remainder after an overnight rest with the cork in the bottle. It was an amazing transformation from a very fine wine into something quite amazing. Any rough edges disappeared and the beauty of the fruit dazzled. Note to self--decant this one next time
Let's just start with the statement that this is one of my favorite pinots, ever. This wine is amazing. It's lost some of the strawberry replaced with red fruit but simply brilliant. Baking spice everywhere combined with a head consuming finish. Love it.
Nose: Interesting nose of dark fruits, assorted herbs, loam, moss and vanilla. Palate: Dark fruits and raspberry traces with good mid palate richness and a medium length finish. More evolved than the last taste on 5/21/11. First bottle of three consumed. Recommend a good decant or at least Vinituri into glass before consumption as this is a substantive Pinot. Alc level is a bit higher than I prefer (14.7%) but is well hidden, however have this with food. 92 pts largely due to the cool nose.
See other review. Wine was good but not drinking nearly as well as it was before. The complexity is still there, they did not seem to hold up to the challenge of being the wine that finished up the night, still have 2 bottles left.
Solid 91 points... Great nose of black cherry with hints of red fruits like strawberry. Beautiful cherry red color with great clarity. Medium to light body, well integrated tannin and a soft feel in the mouth.
On the palate its matches the nose... dark cherry, red cherry and mixed red fruits. I would have scored higher if the finish lasted a little longer. Great finish, but not a lot of hang time.
This is a great Sonoma Coast Pinot and I normally prefer the earthy Oregon Pinots.
Popped and poured. Nice red fruit on the nose, with raspberry, strawberry, and spices all balancing each other well. A hint of wood but not bad, as it enhanced the bouquet. There's a juiciness to the bouqet that I found very appealing, as if this wine is bursting with life. On the palate it's definitely young and still sorting itself out. More cherries and strawberries come out, some firm tannin, but a lack of acidity was somewhat disappointing to me. I was hoping for a more textural pinot, this one is smooth and soft, very easy to drink, but a little on the simple side. Still, I have a few more bottles so I'll check in with this again at a later date.
Outstanding bottle of wine. Subdued at first but with a 30 minute decanting this truly started to unfold and show its stuff. Elements of red fruit, spice and a bit of sandalwood. Not juicy or overly bright fruit but rather pure and integrated. This bottle just kept getting better in the glass, and it was hard to keep the glass filled! Impressive structure and integration and looks like it will continue to evolve.
Wow! PnP. This was crazy good. Dont have formal notes written down, but this bottling was full bodied and rich but with enough structure and incredible complexity to allow it to stand up to a wide variety of food pairings. We only served it with some soft cheeses and whole grain crackers but even that brought out some of the baking spice and other flavors. This will be hard to let bottle age.
Sappy, tarry red fruits. Lush without being over the top. Medium to full bodied and silky. There was just a tiny hint of alcohol but in general remained well in control. Just dowright delicisious and sent you back and back for another swirl and another sip.
Poured through the Vinturi. Not quite as good as I remember but still a very solid effort. Seemed a bit primary at this stage of development; fruit sits firmly in the red profile; baking spice; creamy mouthfeel. Really opened up in the glass. Preferred the '08 Bedrock Kick Ranch Syrah this evening.
Recommended by Daniel Dawson at BackRoomWines.com - - - I was amazingly surprised by this wine. Uncorked with a light red cork stain with about 2-3 mm of cork bleed. The wine was decanted for about 30 minutes, the color when poured into the bottle was a "dirty red" with some chocolate grit and even some purple hues to it. The initial nose was all red cherry and spice but nose was very subdued. Nose showed more in the decanter than the bottle. After 30 minutes of decanting, the wine started showing up. Sweet berry, some licorice, baking spice, and even a floral note were all showing up, in addition to even some dusty characteristics that I honestly cannot describe. Once into the glass, the wine was a force on the palate, and this is when some red apple..(?).. started showing up. Palate had enough acidity that the salmon cakes and black beans were able to snatch up. The flavor was all blueberry, cherry, licorice on the front, drying to almost all licorice, baking spice, and a tannic finish that left enough spice on the tongue to leave you completely unable to resist the next sip. As the wine sat more, the floral characteristic started showing up (I thought) but I think it was just a vanilla kind of nose actually. Went very well with the blueberry and cherry and licorice. This wine shows amazing structure and it shows you what you NEED to see when you need to see it. Amazing. This wine is heavy at almost 15% alcohol, and the spice in the end is associated with a nice heady feel, but is not over the top. I just can't see how my Kosta Browne 09 Pinot could truly any better than this, but if it is, I won't know for another 2-3 years.
Brought to a restaurant so all we could do is PnP. Nose did not give away much initially out of bottle. After about 45 min in the glass, it started to really sing. Great nose of sweet strawberries framed by just the right amount of oak and spice. Contrary to the other reviewers, I wouldn't characterize the fruit as "bright" or high toned, but rather ripe without being flabby. I've had many other ripe Pinots, but hardly any have had the balance that this bottling possesses. Reminds me of the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove description of a great Pinot. Enjoyed in a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass.
A bright and fantastic pinot now but will only get better with a few more years in the cellar. Decanted for an hour and it was ready to go. Paired well with Italian dinner as the feature of the evening. Haven't had this since our visit to the tasting room but am sooooo happy to rediscover it's qualities this evening.
Beautiful exuberant expressive nose of red fruits and dried flowers. Unmistakablt Pinot. The palate is full but not over the top or jammy. Wonderfully integrated fruit with oak spice. Juicy red cherries with lots of earthiness. Pretty good acidity for a wine with this much fruit. Captivating all around. Keeps you coming back for another sniff and another sip. It's only February but this is definitely the best thing that's crossed my tongue in 2012 so far.
Soft nose, dark fruits, very earthy, musty, forest floor. After an hour, still very musty -- corked? But even if so, not enough to terminate drinking or consider flawed. Tannins soft, flavors full. (Doris, same observations)
nose - sweet fruit, almost smells syrupy mouth - big 'blue' fruits as the label states, a veritable fruit bomb, lush and almost velvety, quite unusual in my experience and blinded i'm not sure i could pick it out as a pinot. sweet delicious fruit almost to the point of being jammy. this wine is sexy and upfront, but ultimately is more of a cross between a pinot and a zin, if such a beast exists. In a word, atypical.
Lovely big pinot with nose of cherries,raspberries and some sweet floral scent. Delicious ripe cherries and raspberries with a bit of some spice. Absolutely beautiful....nice medium finish...outstanding pinot noir.
Delicious wine, both in the nose and on the palate. Great Sonoma Coast fruit that has a wonderful richness with fairly-pleasant acidity - stood up well to non-appropriately paired food. All in all a great wine.
Pinot Days 2011 (Navy Pier - Chicago, IL): Fantastic wine. One of the highlights of the day (this table was a highlight unto itself). So feminine and elegant. Barely want to even drink it the aromas are so intoxicating. Absolutely gorgeous. Cannot recommend this guy enough. Accessible now but should age for at least seven to ten with ease.
really nice pinot. good character,nicebalance. lovely fruit and very nice finish. nose and palate loaded with strawberry. medium mouth feel. little short on the finish but i really enjoyed this pinot..
Another winner from Sojourn's 2009 lineup of pinots. Tasted at winery. Seems restrained next to the Rodgers Creek offering but I remember this one outshining Rodgers at a previous tasting. Nevertheless, red fruit, cola, bright acidity, earthiness all balanced to create a breathtaking wine.
Tasted at winery. Black cherry, dark fruits, huge baking spice; biggest of the 3 we tasted today; great long finish, elegant for such a big wine; needs more time. Really liked at Pinot Days and my impression did not change today.
Pop and pour and followed over 4 or 5 hours. Good dark color. The nose has a medicinal/alcohol touch. Not particularly pleasant. Shows hints of turpentine. Shows some good red fruit (raspberries and cranberries) and spice. A bit woodsy and the turpentine/medicinal element continues through on the mid-palate. Showing a slight touch of heat on the finish. Disappointing.
Sojourn Cellars Private Tasting with Craig Haserot (Jeff's Place): Dark garnet color. This is the biggest of the 4 current releases, very Cali and not in a bad way. The fruit profile here shows some darker fruits, black cherry, black raspberry, with florals and less of the forest floor, but some minerality. The palate has crisp acid to balance the bigger fruit, subtle oak, and spice on a long finish. This drank considerably better from the start than the bottle a week ago. My favorite of the current releases.
Minneapolis does Domestic Pinots; 5/14/2011-5/16/2011: A young wine. Decanted one hour and Vinturied. Light in color with a nose of strawberry, cinnamon, raspberry, and floral notes. The palate features sour cherry, minerals and nice spice elements. As the night went on it improved some but I would advise a few years in the cellar.
Minneapolis Wine Club, Domestic Pinots, Blind: Medium red color. This wine was very interesting. The nose was always nice, but the palate changed pretty dramatically over about 30-60 minutes. The nose shows sweet fruits, mostly strawberry and raspberry with vanilla and developing a nice floral quality. The palate was initially more acidic, sour and had a odd quality on the finish that most people did not like, an odd bitterness. Over time this resolved and the tannin and acid integrated showing a balanced palate with nice berries and spices on the finish which was very good later. This became a solid 92 for me from less than 90 to start.
First bottle I had from the Winter 2011 offering. I bought more of the Gap's than anything else, so I popped one of these first. Killed a baby. Needs more bottle time. a) just flat needs more time, but b) I think this is a wine that will lay for awhile. So if you got 'em, let them sit. I love anything from Gap's Crown, so I wanted to drink one of the bottles and opened this one soon after we got it. So was a little tight, but still some spice. Dark fruits. Lots of buddy. Decanted and consumed over the night. With each glass, the fruit was more warm and red, and more spice came out. So, let it lay, but if you open, give a big decant. This is going to be really nice wine.
Napa Offline and a whole bunch of wine, mostly Syrah (Napa Valley Wine & Cigar): I think this wine had shut down a lot and will really improve with time. It has this sense of underlying stuff that I could not seem to coax out. That said, what was showing was very good. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is about dark cherries. Softer texture and dark cherries on the palate. This is a big dark Pinot. It is California Pinot showing ripe dark fruit. Nice finish.
opened for 30 min. the flashiest of the group. notes of mocha, caramel, and cran-apple. and baking spices. orange peel, caramel, and red fruits coat the mouth. almost creamy mouthfeel. med/full body, in fact the fullest bodied pinot of the tasting. acid really shows through on the finish.
Sojourn Release Party (Eldon's House, Orange, CA): Big sweet nose of cranapple and berry framboise. Rich and dense palate though not showing a lot of extraction. Bit sweet and straight forward. The nose was a big plus but the palate needs to develop some complexity.
To me, this vineyard is very similar across bottlings. And I like the vineyard. It seems to always show nice spice, makes me think of Thanksgiving. This one is no different. The newsletter is correct in you can taste the baking spices. Nice balance, nice acidity. More body than the Rogers. My second most favorite of the four. Will buy several of these as I think these will lay better.
Falltacular 2011 (FMIII in the OC): Strawberry everywhere. On the nose, palate, and right through the finish which is very long. this wine has more elegance than your typical fruit bomb. Excellent wine.