2007 Adobe Road Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Mission Codename: The Third Dimension

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: Return to Operative favorite, Adobe Road Winery. Secure the latest vintage of their distinctive Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Adobe Road Winery

Wine Subject: 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Michael Scorsone

Backgrounder: The Sonoma Coast AVA, established in 1987, is the area directly adjacent to the Pacific coastline of Sonoma County. The ocean’s influence causing a cooler, higher rainfall and foggy climate most influences the vineyards of this region, many of which have exceptional views of the mighty Pacific. These factors cause grapes to mature and ripen more slowly which is idea for Pinot Noir. The region is approximately 750 square miles with about 7,000 acres under vine.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Dark ruby, with deep garnet hues through the darker heart of the wine. Color is perfectly concentrated and even, right out the the edge of the glass, where a fine ring of soft pink circles the glass. After swirling, the wine settles quickly, leaving behind tall columns of ultra-thin, wine-stained tears.

Smell – Candied cherry and spiced cherry take center stage. These gorgeous scents seem to be surrounded by layers of additional aromas. These include blackberry, nutty sweetwoods, subtle eucalyptus, dark forest floor, dried meat and black rose petals.

Feel – Softly grippy, right up front, then more round across the mid-palate. After a moment, a soft mineral dryness spreads its way around the palate. This slow-moving dryness makes its way to the lips and cheeks, where it is replaced by a crushed velvet coating.

Taste – Bold and dense, with spicy blackberry, darkest cherry, tart cranberry and young strawberry out in front. As the wine spends some time exposed to the air, it softens and additional flavors of bramble, tomato stem and the black rose from the nose emerge. Underneath these, the wine reveals soft flavors of white pepper, dark plum and flint.

Finish – A long finish, with dark black and bright red fruit notes that gradually give way to white pepper and flinty minerals. The cranberry note persists throughout.

Conclusion – This is a bold, delicious and aromatic wine that our tasting panel found to be very intriguing. The nose is very unique, offering layers of unique aromas that seem to surround the core cherry notes. On the palate, the feel is dynamic and very interesting. Flavors are also unique, delivering a spicy tartness that drives black and red fruit flavors around the palate. The finish is very long, and also very dynamic, distinctly moving from one flavor to the next – while spice and cranberry hang in throughout. This wine offers up an intriguing three-dimensional experience, with flavors and aromas that seem to swirl around each other, beyond the normal borders of sensation. If that is too esoteric, I apologize; Put more simply, this is an enthusiastic and delicious wine that pushes the boundaries of Sonoma Cost Pinot Noir by offering up uniqueness and intrigue. Pair this flavor-filled Pinot with a pulled-pork sandwich or a spicy pasta dish.

Mission Report:

Busy with bottling and roaming the vineyards, Michael Scorsone was unable to sit down with us for our customary Winemaker Interview. Be sure to read our complete interview the next time we showcase an Adobe Road wine.

Wine Spies Region Check:

The location of the Sonoma Coast region can be seen in this satellite photo.

Wine Spies Winery Check:

The approximate location of the Adobe Road tasting room, in the heart of the town of Sonoma, California, can be seen in this satellite photo.

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