Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2004
Fresh fruit aromas of cherry, plum, and raspberry are followed by hints of sandalwood, mineral, and leather. This wine offers crisp acidity upon entry unfolding with flavors of plum, raspberry and spice. Tannins are supple creating a long, soft finish. Enjoy now or cellar up to 3 years.
One of the standouts of the tasting. There's a certain unique woody character that is in the nose of some of Flowers' wines that is so unique and special. This wine has a lot of it. It's so enticing. There's tons of awesome sweet fruit on the mouth.
The best Pinot I have had all year. Big, rich, round, and complex but still captures the luscious berry character that Pinot is known for. This is the wine that keeps on giving. Great legs, full bodied, long finish and deep vermilion color set this Pinot apart from any I have tasted state-side. It's a private winery so sales can only be done on their website, or affiliated ones. Do your self a favor and get this wine before it runs out. You will not be disappointed. Drink now or hold till 2011. $60-70$
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
The 2004 Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station boasts a glorious dark ruby/purple-tinged color as well as an extraordinary nose reminiscent of a Comte de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes. Aromas of crushed rocks violets raspberries sweet cherries and a distinctive terroir character are present in this full-bodied effort. With oodles of vivacious fruit as well as wonderful freshness and palate penetration this superb Pinot Noir should drink well for 10-12 years. Moreover there are 1 000 cases. For Steve Kistler and his longtime assistant Mark Bixler 2004 was a very small crop even smaller than the modest production of 2003. This is a reference point winery for New World Chardonnay although their viticultural and winemaking techniques are decidedly Burgundian. Interestingly during the last year I have had an opportunity to taste some ten year old Kistler Chardonnays and they have aged well in the bottle. While a decade is not long when compared with some long-lived white Burgundies by the standards of most California Chardonnays which are generally best consumed during their first 1-3 years of life the Kistler techniques of whole cluster pressing slow malolactic fermentation aging on their lees in high quality French oak and bottling without fining or filtration appear to be producing longer lived Chardonnays. Kistler has enjoyed a run of terrific vintages in the new century. Moreover they seem to be ratcheting up their performance in terms of the quality and complexity of their Pinot Noirs. (Release date 3/07) Tel. (707) 823-5603; Fax (707) 823-6709 Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
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Red fruit bouquet of Santa Rosa plum and raspberry overlayed with cardamom spice is immediately present upon swirling the glass. Aromas are accentuated with notes of cedar, vanilla, cola nut and minerals. Flavors of cassis, spice, and vanilla afford a silky texture and long, round mouth feel complimented by lively acidity and fine tannins. Enjoy now or cellar up to 5 years.
372 cases produced.
Notes: 100% French Oak; 40% new. Total time in barrel = 15 months
|Total Acidity: 0.59 grams per liter|
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