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2009 Sojourn Pinot Noir Ridgetop Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Ridgetop Vineyard is owned and managed by Thomas Rivers Brown and Fred Schrader.  It is located in the remote coastal mountains along the northern Sonoma Coast near Annapolis. Ulises Valdez tends to the vineyard.

Light crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Ripe red fruits and baking spices on the nose. Big, rich, fruit forward Pinot Noir. Flavors of brown sugar, black cherry, cola, cranberry and nutmeg. Tons of fruit left on a very long finish. Unabashedly New World in style. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 90 points.

Current wines are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 Ridgetop Pinot Noir was priced at $59 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2013 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. Rivers-Marie also does several single vineyard Cabernets and a Chardonnay. In addition to making his own wine, Thomas serves as a consultant for a number of wineries including SchraderOutpost and Black Sears.

Golden in color. 14.1% ABV. Lemon, green apple and vanilla on the nose. Rich yet precise with sufficient acidity. Lemon meringue, pears and a hint of mineral on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. This wine completey over delivers at the $25 price point. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

At $25 this wine is one of the very best values in California Chardonnay. I think there are many wineries out there who wish they could deliver a wine like this using Sonoma Coast grapes at such a compelling price.

Rivers-Marie wines are only available via their mailing list. The 2014 version of this wine will be released next Spring.

I’ve blogged about Rivers-Marie previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings

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2009 Sojourn Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Rodgers Creek Vineyard is situated between Sonoma and Petaluma. It sits at 300 feet above sea level with almost perfect western exposure.

Crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Great nose of clove, red fruits, mushrooms and earth. Medium body and more acidity than I am accustomed to from Sojourn. Rich and spicy. Black cherry, strawberry, cranberry and mineral on the palate. Exceptional finish. The best Sojoun Pinot Noir in recent memory. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 was priced at $48 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Sangiacomo Vineyard is located on Roberts Road at the western base of Sonoma Mountain. Sojourn sources from two distinct blocks planted in the late 1990’s.

Pale red in color. 14.5% ABV. Cherries, cloves and cola on the nose. Medium body and medium acidity. Cherries, strawberries, cinnamon and plenty of earth on the palate. Great finish. Simply a delicious wine. So much to like. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website. The 2012 is priced at $54 per bottle.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2008 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. VIN and Landmark. In 2004, the Kanzlers launched their own label featuring grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. Alex Kanzler, the son of Stephen and Lynda, is the current winemaker.

Light crimson in color. 14.8% ABV. Sweet red fruits, earth, cinnamon and tea on the nose. Big, rich and bold. Great mouthfeel and nice acidity. Strawberries, sassafras, cloves and cherries on the palate. Everything I love about Kanzler Vineyard. Super effort from a challenging vintage. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was released last spring at a price of $52. Highly recommended.

In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.

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2007 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast is situated directly east of and overlooks the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Roberts Road near Cotati at an elevation of 300-800 feet above sea level.

Garnet in color. 14.6% ABV. Red fruits, nutmeg and earth on the nose. Bright flavor profile with just enough acidity. Cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, baking spice and cinnamon on the palate. Medium length finish. Solid wine but I was expecting more. Drink over the next year or two.

My rating: 90 points.

Current vintages are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2007 Kanzler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Kanzler Vineyards, located in California near Sebasopol, was founded in 1996 by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. Planted in 1996 in a former apple orchard, the vineyard quickly developed a reputation for producing world class Pinot Noir grapes featured in award winning wines from some of the finest wineries in Northern California, including Kosta Browne, A.P. VIN and Landmark. In 2004, the Kanzlers launched their own label featuring grapes grown exclusively from their vineyard. Alex Kanzler, the son of Stephen and Lynda, is the current winemaker.

Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spice and sassafras. Impeccable balance and acidity. Rich and lush. Deep flavors of black cherry, anise, cola, rhubarb and mushrooms on the palate. There is a touch of greeness that I can’t quite put my finger on that comes through on the palate. Fresh green beans? It’s not distracting though and actually adds to this wines appeal. The finish is tremendous. Kanzler vineyard never disappoints. Drink over the next 1-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Kanzler are available exclusively via the mailing list. The 2012 was just released at a price of $52. Highly recommended.

In other news Rivers-Marie has started to make a Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir with the 2012 vintage. I expect the wine will be spectacular.

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2008 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.

The ’08 Sonoma Coast is a blend from Gap’s Crown, Terra de Promissio and Walala Vineyards.

Maroon in color with slight bricking on the edges. 14.6% ABV. Dark fruits, spice, anise and forest floor on the nose. Medium body with perfect acidity. Black cherry, cloves, truffles and A&W Root Beer on the palate. Subtle tannins. From memory this wine has a darker fruit profile than previous vintages. This wine clearly has none of the heat many associate with the Kosta Browne wines of yesteryear. What’s not to like? Super wine! Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2012 was just released for $64 and is only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!

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2010 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Thomas Rivers Brown and his wife Genevieve Marie Walsh have quickly made Rivers-Marie one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir labels. The winery was founded in 2002 and the first release was the Rivers-Marie Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir. Rivers-Marie also does several single vineyard Cabernets and a Chardonnay. In addition to making his own wine, Thomas serves as a consultant for a number of wineries including Schrader, Outpost and Black Sears.

The 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is comprised of fruit from Silver Eagle, Willow Creek, Riddle Ranch and Lancel Creek Vineyards.

Surprisingly dark in color. 14.1% ABV. Red fruits, forest floor and truffles on the nose. Cranberry, pomegranate, black cherry, spearmint and menthol on the palate. Mouth watering acidity. Great texture and mouth feel. The finish is long and supple. Drink over the next couple years while you wait on the single vineyard bottlings.

For my money the single best $25 domestic Pinot Noir.

My rating: 92 points.

Rivers-Marie wines are only available via their mailing list.

I’ve blogged about Rivers-Marie previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2007 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Kosta Browne began as a dream shared by Dan Kosta and Michael Browne. In the summer of 1997, while working at John Ash & Co. restaurant in Santa Rosa, California, Dan and Michael decided to pool their tips and venture into winemaking. Fifteen years later, Kosta Browne is one of the most sought after Pinot Noirs in all of California. At present time they produce three appellation Pinot Noirs, eight single vineyard Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay.

The 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of four vineyards. Two of these vineyards, Dutton Manzana and Kanzler are located near the southern end of the Russian River Valley appellation at the upper end of the Petaluma Gap. The remaining two, Gap’s Crown and Terra de Promissio, are located in the southern portion of the Sonoma Coast appellation lying directly in the path of the Petaluma Gap’s cooling influence.

Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. The nose is all about red fruits. Strawberries and raspberries in spades. Baking spice, mineral, pine needle, black cherry, cinnamon and cranberry on the palate. The finish is long and sweet. Bright acidity. Voluptuous and sexy while maintaining an earthy minerality. Everything you want in a California Pinot Noir and more. This wine showcases the exceptional ’07 vintage. The ’07 single vineyard wines from Kosta Browne should be a real treat.

My rating: 94 points.

The current vintage is priced at $58 and only available via the mailing list. As I mentioned in the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists, Kosta Browne is one of hardest lists to crack. Maybe so, but you’ve got nothing to lose by putting your name on the waiting list. Good luck!

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