Focus on the Sonoma Coast

James Family, Sonoma Coast, Stony Point Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2007 The nose features sweet fruit, earthiness and a little warmth while the mouth is a delicious combination of red fruits, earthiness and brown spices. P&B by the James Family in Sebastopol from the fruit that they grow on the Cotati Grade 14.3% $34.99 at the winery

James Family Cellars

Kistler, Sonoma Coast, Kistler Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2006 This is a firmer Pinot that has the balance to age well. Just 2 months ago we had the ’01 and it was thriving. At this point on the road, this wine is still tight and showing its oak but there’s fruit behind it waiting to pop – very nice for those with patience. Grown, produced and bottled in Sebastopol, 14.1% $109.99 at Traverso’s in January ’09 and $125 at Bottle Barn in July ’09 Kistler Vineyards

Kanzler, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2006 There’s a pretty essence of floral and spice notes overlaying the cherries in the nose. In the mouth, the tannins around the fruit are ripe and accomanied by a little warmth. You probably tasted their grapes before in a wine from Kosta Browne. &B in Sebastopol 14.6% $47.99 at Bottle Barn Kanzler

Marcassin, Sonoma Coast, Three Sisters Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2004 The nose is quite toasty. On the palate the wine is ripe and warm, quite supple. Owner and winemaker Helen Turley. P&B in Windsor 14.8% $129.99 at Traverso’s.

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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