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Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012

Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750ML 2012         
Sku: 9471

 Wine Enthusiast 91 points (Jun 2014)
This beautiful Pinot Noir is a blend of various vineyards throughout the appellation. It shows classic coastal acidity, dryness and silkiness, with appealing raspberry, red licorice, cola and pomegranate flavors, wrapped into finely ground tannins. Decant and drink now.
 Wine Spectator 88 points (Aug 31 2014)
Medium-weight yet assuredly tannic, with a core of vivid raspberry, cherry and spice notes, ending tight and chewy. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.-JL
 Vinous 88 points (Feb 2014)
Sweet red berries, mint, flowers, hard candy and spices all inform the 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast), the only 2012 Pinot that was in bottle at the time of this tasting. The 2012 is quite a bit racier and silkier than the 2011, a wine I have enjoyed on multiple occasions. There is a lot to like in the 2012, though, including the wine’s immediate and open personality. I will not be surprised if the 2012 comes together a little more fully with time in bottle. 88+ Points

Wine maker notes
WINEMAKING Using sustainable and organic farming practices, we meticulously farm our estate vineyards on the extreme Sonoma Coast. The Pinot Noir benefits directly from the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean which provides cool daytime breezes during bright sunny days to ensure proper ripening and chilly evening fogs to guarantee lively acidity for freshness in the finished wines. HARVEST All of our fruit is hand-harvested into small bins in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. At the winery, hand sorting begins on our custom-built shaker table. Pinot Noir clusters are dispersed and gently conveyed to the next sorting table where six sorters assess the clusters that will be allowed to pass to the fermenters. FERMENTATION AND CELLARING At Flowers, Pinot-Noir is partially de-stemmed to provide a 75% whole-berry environment in our small open-top fermenters. Pinot Noir is cold-soaked for five to seven days at a temperature of 45 F and the hand-punching-down begins. After the cold-soak period, the fermenter is warmed to 68 F to 85 F and wild yeast carries the fermentation to showcase the terroir and complexity. Once fermentation is complete the wines are left in contact with the skins for 10-15 days to further enhance flavor and color development. Free-run wines are drained using natural gravity flow to French oak barrels and the remaining skins are gently pressed in a small traditional basket press. All wines are aged between 14-16 months in small French oak barrels from Burgundian Coopers. Our philosophy is to retain all of the natural vineyard elements while hand-crafting our Pinot Noir. This ensures the true expression of our unique vineyard sites when the wines are enjoyed. The wines receive additional bottle aging in our temperature controlled cellar until release.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Sonoma County
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
Reg. $49.99
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