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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Falltacular 2013 (FMIII in the OC): Seems lighter in color than the sangiacomo and definitely more reserved nose. Mild strawberry and cherry with earth and mushroom flavors. Longest finish of the family, really appealing.
Notes from Pasadena PinotFest: Aromatics of earth and mushroom with rock and black cherry. Rich plum and cherry fruit on the palate with bright mineral, earth and spice. Bold & rich with balance. Breathy long finish. Very well done.
opens with pomegranate, cranberries, sassafras, and autumn leaves. more elegant in the mouth than last year. sojourn soft and creamy. picks up orange peel and minerals in the mouth. a little rounder and less structured than the gaps crown. very nice red fruited finish.