2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal

suggested retail $62
Passing a glass beneath one’s nose offers inviting aromas of stone fruits, hints of cocoa, a dash of creamy vanilla and perhaps a touch of forest brush. The mouth reveals bold flavors offering a palette of fruits from plum, peach, maybe even some apricot upfront followed by darker elements that suggest blackberries or black currants. The whole of this experience is a pretty Hellenthal with supple tannins, showcased acidity, forthright and weighty, yet feminine by nature that finishes long on the palate.

2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Balletto Vineyard

suggested retail $58
While the Hellenthal offers a mélange of aromas and flavors due to its multiple clonal make up, the Balletto is unabashedly aromas of dark berries, spice, anise and caramel or toffee. The mouth reveals flavors of black and blue berries, some tart cherry, that typical white pepper and hints of citrus rind. There is a wonderful balance between the fruits, acid and tannins that drive this experience to its voluptuously long and engaging finish.

2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Oehlman Vineyard

suggested retail $56
A waft from your glass delivers aromas of red fruits, raspberry cream, rose petals and a pungent floralness that borders on perfume. Once tasted, flavors of lighter reds such as raspberries come first followed by red cherries, a slight suggestion of cinnamon or clove, with a touch of orange rind. This is one of those vintages in which Oehlman has a more masculine personality with a big bodied finish.

2018 Pinot Noir, Green Valley

suggested retail $52
One of our pre-purchase attractions to our home was the fact that our future vineyard would be in the Green Valley appellation. The Green Valley appellation is unique in that it shares traits with both the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast appellations. The wines produced from Green Valley are typically darker and more tannin driven than its Russian River Valley neighbor to the east, but lighter and prettier than its Sonoma Coast neighbor to the west. This bottling is exclusively Martini clone. The nose reveals dark plum, grape aromas, cola and minerality. The palate confirms flavors of black plum, currants, dried cherries, with hints of tea leaves and an acidity that is refreshingly crisp. This experience is long lived and invites you to take another sip.

2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

suggested retail $52
This year’s Russian River Valley has captivated us from the first tasting. It has interesting and thought compelling aromas that offer both light and dark fruit expressions, perhaps a black tea or all spice, in addition sandalwood or forest floor. A taste offers an explosion of fruits that spans the whole spectrum with stone fruits, fresh berries, some dried fruit elements mid palate all wrapped up with ample fruit and barrel tannin structure that holds the finish in high regard. As is frequently the case with appellation blends, the varied elements that make up this blend are extremely cohesive.

2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

suggested retail $52
This year’s Sonoma Coast blend is a slight departure from the typical make up with a larger percentage of Hellenthal used in the blend. The aromas offer the best of both worlds with both black and blue fruits, a hint of white pepper and a vanilla undertone. The palate follows suit with flavors of black ruby plum, blackberries, notes of cocoa, a mere suggestion of white pepper, modest tannins, coupled with a zippy acid edge that creates a palate quenching long finish.