Twomey Silver Oak Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2008
2008 will be known as a vintage of great balance. The 2008 growing season started cool and dry, carrying over the drought effects from 2007 into spring. Cold weather in April delayed growth, but the frosts were mild with very little damage. A warm and calm bloom period gave excellent fruit set. Summer weather was mild with temperatures rarely exceeding 90˚F. The lack of fog was notable. August brought perfectly warm weather to push ripeness along and the touch of morning fog helped retain fresh acidities as the flavors developed. The fruit was harvested during the cool early morning and transported by refrigerated truck to the winery where it was immediately sorted and destemmed. Whole clusters were added to open-top fermenters and the must underwent a seven-day cold soak to gently extract the grapes’ delicate flavors and color. The cap was punched down every six hours to further extract color and aroma at the height of fermentation. The juice was allowed to rest on its skins to build structure post fermentation for a maximum of four days adding further delicate nuances. The free run juice was drained and the wine was gently pressed off the skins. The wine was aged for 12 months sur lies in 100% French Burgundy barrels, 40% new.
Editorial Reviews for Twomey Silver Oak Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
This is a decidedly assertive wine on the nose with graham cracker and cocoa notes accenting the meaty, black cherry fruit that shows hints of black tea, cola, coriander seed and vanilla. With it’s big, rich entry this is a bit deceptive at first but quickly rallies to show great acidic spice and fine freshness. The fruit has a lovely stemmy edge to it in the mouth and is fresher than the nose suggests. The tannins are really soft, giving the wine some breadth while not detracting from the core of wild cherry fruit that flows across the palate. There is a bit of wood tannin that pops on the finish, and while this comes of as a bit simple it shows great purity to the fruit and finishes with solid length. 90pts
Subdued on the nose, with a soft blackberry note topped by a light, dried citrus zest tone and gentle, smoky oak notes. Rather tense on entry and with fairly assertive acids, though the fruit fairly quickly conceals most of the acidity. The tannins are small and fairly finely textured but not so polished as to render this with textural contrast. The mouthfeel is honest and fresh, and the mid-palate shows nice cherry fruit with a hint of red plum, before turning slightly spicy with herbal top notes and a creamy, oak-inflected element that drives the subtle yet long finish. This is a somewhat understated wine, but for those who favor subtlety over power and enjoy an elegant Pinot this is a solid choice. 93pts
Intense and a bit meaty on the nose with a fruity and slightly jammy blend of vanilla, strawberry cream and black cherry cola aromas, wrapped with notes of alderwood and candied violets. Zesty with bright acidity and a really well integrated, smooth texture in the mouth. This is light- to medium-bodied because of the brightness of the acidity, even though the fruit is explosively rich and perhaps a touch sticky on the palate. Red plums and candied cherry come together on the palate along with hints of vanilla and cranberry/rhubarb compote. This finishes with just as much energy and brightness as it displays on the palate and just enough tannin to keep it grounded and focused through the finish. This is damn fun to drink and delicious. 93pts
Coffee, cherry and anise on the nose. Very rich, sweet fruit flavors. Very nice.
Tons of big red fruit on the nose, juicy cherry candy (of the Jolly Rancher variety) on the palate. Good acidity, light-bodied.
Rich spicy nose with red raspberries, the mouth is similar but more vegetative, and a bit rubbery. The mouth is really interesting but I don't like it much.
Violets and cherries and powdered sugar nose. Lively and acidic cranberry flavors, loads of fresh spice. Has a lot of character, and even a bit of effervescence.
Funky animal nose. Acidic bright cherries. Leather and tar - slightly complex finish.
Peaches and plums on the nose, with a sweet fruity blueberry flavor in the mouth. Medium bodied. Crisp finish with some blueberry and bramble notes.
Floral scent with dark fruit flavors, low tannin, cherry and peach