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Monday, July 11, 2011

2009 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

I have always been a big fan of the wines from Flowers and am usually really impressed with the purity of their wines. The 2009 Sonoma Coast is a blend of diverse Sonoma Coast vineyards including two estate vineyards Sea View Ridge and Camp Meeting Ridge. The wine was aged 100% French oak for a total of nine months.

On the nose I get bright cherry aromas that combine with mineral, cherry cough syrup, and a touch of orange peel. It has a very classic Pinot Noir wildness or almost a touch of earthiness unique to the variety.

On the palate the wine continues to show it's bright cherry character as well as hints of cranberry, rhubarb, and mineral. The wine is light in body, but has a pretty striking acidity.

I do have to admit that in previous vintages I have been more impressed with this particular wine. I found it to be very simple and almost a bit understated; lacking the amount of complexity that I have been accustomed to with the typical offerings from this winery. However, it's still a really nice wine and may improve with some additional bottle age. 88 points

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