The dramatic landscape of the Sonoma Coast, with its rocky, well-drained soil and elevated proximity to the cool Pacific Ocean, produces Pinot Noir with fresh, bright red fruit flavours, complex minerality, and brilliant acidity. Flowers sources fruit for this wine from small family-owned sites, as well as their own Sea View Ridge Estate vineyard.
Harvested in the cool hours of the very early morning, fruit was hand-sorted and de-stemmed, but not crushed, prior to fermentation. After a week-long cold soak, the loose berries were fermented by native yeast in small open-top fermenters. The wine was left on skins for almost three weeks. Pressed in a traditional basket press, the wine was settled overnight, then gravity-fed into French Oak barrels (18% new), where it was cellared 11 months on fine lees prior to racking and blending just before bottling.
First, you’ll notice this Pinot’s deep garnet hue. Next, aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, dried herbs, violets, and forest floor. On the palate, bright blood orange and hibiscus are framed by broad, fine-grained tannins, characteristic Sonoma Coast minerality, and bright acidity.
“The 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is pale ruby-purple colored with a pronounced red currants and cranberries-scented nose with hints of rose hips, raspberry leaves and dried herbs plus a waft of fungi. Medium-bodied, delicately fruited and with beautifully pure cranberry and earth-inspired layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018
“The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another terrific appellation-level wine from Flowers. Medium in body, the 2016 is a model of total grace and understatement. Game, incense, tobacco, dried flowers and licorice add layers of nuance throughout. The tannins are a bit coarse, especially for the size of the wine, but that is a relatively small critique given how far things have come here in recent years. Flowers works with purchased fruit for the Sonoma Coast bottling.”
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2018