Durrell Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007
Sonoma Coast, CA
$50 (Sonoma Wine Shop)
Tonight's enjoyment of a great bottle of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was a bit happenstance. After opening a bottle that turned out to be corked, we dug into our cellar to find this 2007 bottle of Pali Pinot Noir from Durrell Vineyard, which we purchase from the Sonoma Wine Shop. For anyone visiting Sonoma, a visit to the wine shop in the square is definitely a must. We've been twice and have been introduced to some amazing wines each time!
This chewy pinot noir is packed with ripe berry flavor yet is extremely refined and has a hint of smokiness. Made from Dijon Clones and Pommard Clones, this wine is barreled in 50% New French Oak for 10 months, racked once and bottled in August (our anniversary month!). It went very well with our roasted rack of lamb with merlot glaze and cherry reduction sauce. The price tag is steep, but you get what you pay for.
A&T Ranking: 8.5/10
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Pinot Report: 94