With a cool summer and a warm, unhurried harvest period, the 2009 growing season produced a standout SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR, combining the structure and purity of the 2007 vintage, with the depth and ripe appeal of 2008. The aromas reveal inviting layers of strawberry, cherry, cranberry and Kirsch that are echoed on the palate alongside notes of spicy fruit. The tannins are broad and muscular, adding mouthcoating richness and vibrant intensity. Lush and compelling now, but with a depth and structure that bodes well for extended aging.
92 points, Wine Enthusiast
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In the 2008 Pinot vintage, Patz & Hall's Sonoma Coast bottling (93, $42, 3,103 cases) showed more depth and range of flavor than the single-vineyards. In 2009, the winery produced nearly 7,000 cases of Sonoma Coast Pinot plus a handful of single-vineyard wines. ‘The blends show better earlier on because they have more diversity,’ Hall says. The single-vineyard wines take more time to develop. But even though the vineyard-designated wines are singled out for their special attributes, the blend is comparable in quality. There are better reasons today to consider regional and appellation blends than in the past. The main one is that these wines are increasingly superior in quality. Winemakers are taking greater pride, and getting greater satisfaction, in creating these blends. They also realize that if they can make more affordable wine, it enhances, rather than diminishes, their reputation. Wine lovers often shrug off these blends, or less expensive wines in general, for the same reason investors eschew index funds. They just don't seem as exciting-until you look at the results. Yet too often pricing is more about image than quality. That's why taking the time to absorb what's in the bottle rather than what's on the label is critical. Less in price can mean more in quality. And that's an index for success.” - JL, Wine Spectator
"Shows spectacularly ripe berries, cherries, anise, bacon, sandalwood and spices, wrapped into smooth, ultra-fine tannins. For all the richness, it finishes dry. A big wine, but balanced and nuanced." -Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
Wine maker notes
"To craft our Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, we source grapes from a number of California’s most distinguished winegrowing families. The Dutton family provides us with fruit from several of their small vineyard sites. Charlie Chenoweth, Lee Martinelli, and Steve Hill also contribute superb quality fruit to this complex blend of vineyard sites and clones. The blend also features a core of fruit from Gap’s Crown, one of the Sonoma Coast’s great emerging vineyards. In addition, to achieve our goal of producing a Pinot Noir that embodies the depth, structure and vibrant fruit flavors of the Sonoma Coast, we continually seek out new single-vineyard caliber Pinot Noir sites to add to this delicious cuvée." -James Hall, Wine Maker