2004 Alesia Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

December, 2011: January, 2010: The earliest drinking of our 2004 Alesia Pinots. CO2 requires decanting.

January, 2007: Located in the heart of the Petaluma Gap, Sonatera vineyard gets pummeled with the chilly fog that rushes in to cool California’s inner valleys. This climatic condition produces extremely tiny grapes and small clusters leading to a wine of exceptional concentration and distinctive black-fruited character. Unfortunately, like our Kanzler release, the 2004 will be our only vintage of this wine. Explosive and complex nose of ripe black fruit and savory herbs. The delicious entry offers bucketloads of sweet blackberry compote that lead to an extremely persistent finish with some subtle minerality. We feel this wine successfully combines seemingly disparate elements of hedonistic fruit, balance and complexity. It is delicious now but can be cellared for a few years.