2011 Pinot Noir, Pastorale Vineyard

Publication
International Wine Cellar
Author
Stephen Tanzer
Date
May/June 2013
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93 Points
Review

Good dark, bright red. Sexy nose combines crushed cherry, cranberry, brown spices and earthly undertones, plus some smoky oak. Sweeter, deeper and lusher than the regular Sonoma Coast bottling, with the bracing cherry and raspberry fruit flavors accented by pepper, cola and dusty herbs. At once sappy and generous, boasting excellent mid=palate lift. Finishes dry and broad, with terrific peppery persistence. 

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
March 2014
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93 Points, Cellar Selection
Review

The vineyard is located in the western part of Sonoma County, near the little town of Freestone. The cool 2011 vintage lends mouthwatering acidity to the wine, brightening flavors of red apples, pomegranates and persimmons. Right now, it's juvenile and tight, with primary fruits that are unintegrated with oak. Give it at least eight years in the cellar, and it could be going strong at the age of fifteen. 

Publication
Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
February 2014
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93 Points
Review

Just as beautiful in bottle as it was from barrel, the 2011 Pinot Noir Pastorale has developed beautifully over the last year. Silky on the palate yet wonderfully exotic in its flavors, the 2011 impresses for its balance and class. Orange peel, star anise and spices add nuance to the bright, cranberry-inflected fruit. This gracious, utterly impeccable Pinot is simply striking today.