Enjoy a 3 bottle vertical of our Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir: 2018, 2017 & 2016.
In 2008, I convinced Coastview's owner John Allen to bud-over some existing Syrah vines which were having trouble getting ripe at the base of a North-facing hill to Pinot Noir. We took cuttings of various Dijon-clones from the Alfaro Vineyard including 113, 114, 115, 667 and 777, plus some Pisoni selection and established them on a one+ acre block. Since that time, John has budded over additional blocks to Pisoni and Swan selections of Pinot Noir. Our Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir includes all of these selections.
2018: Crushed rocks, violets, mulberries, this cornucopia on the nose is reminiscent of the 2016 vintage, but with more expressiveness. Our biggest change in our winemaking regime in 2018 was the addition of a basket press for our red wines. I had serious conversations with several highly respected winemakers where universally they extolled the virtues of the basket press. The part that sticks with me is that they felt there was greater purity of expression. 93+pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous; 93pts- Jeb Dunnuck; 93pts- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast; 90pts- Wine & Spirits Magazine
2017: This is our ninth vintage of Coastview Pinot Noir and we can definitely say that experience with a vineyard counts when it comes to getting the most out of it, and finding that balance that delivers a compelling and age worthy wine. We have worked hard in the vineyard to ensure proper management to obtain the lignified canes we need to use whole cluster without any intrusive or dry tannin. On the nose, an especially spicy vintage is revealed with notes of baking spice, cigar box and crushed rocks with perfumed high toned fruit that falls in the pomegranate and framboise end of the spectrum. On the palate, the wine is full bodied and unctuous while having a sense of weightlessness. The fruit is penetrating and mouth coating with a long mouth watering finish that leaves one looking forward to another sip. 93pts- Antonio Galloni, Vinous; 92pts- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast
2016: The aromatics literally leap out the glass and fill your olfactory passages with a complex melange of wild berry, black cherry and pomegranate fruits, crushed flowers and granite. One has to spend a bit of time with it in the attempt to unwind these aromatics. On the palate, the wine is silky with beautiful body and intense, tightly wound fruit which is supported by vibrant acidity and a long finish that allows it to unfold gracefully. The fruit echoes the nose with pomegranate, black cherry and wild berry with hints of baking spice on the finish. A decant is strongly recommended on this wine in the short term and we expect it to handsomely reward extended cellar aging. 96pts- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile; 95pts- Jeb Dunnuck; 93pts- Antonio Galloni, Vinous