2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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225 cases, 13.8% alcohol, 25% new French oak
This is the $25 Pinot we first set out to make. Combining all the Willow Creek, the two youngest blocks of Summa and two barrels from Occidental Ridge, the 2008 Sonoma Coast captures everything we love about the fruit from Occidental. Itís already the most aromatically complete of the bunch jumping out of the glass with sassafras, pine needles, orange peel and a light floral note. Whereas the 2007 version was the drinker of the vintage, the 2008 may take a little time to unwind unless itís given ample air. Itís always a snapshot into what the vintage holds and this shows the higher toned nature of the year perfectly.