Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
This 2009 Pinot noir is the most concentrated and complex Sonoma Coast blend we have bottled to date. Showing aromas of dark cherry, pomegranate and sweet oak, its textures are lush, yet taught, with a subtle edge of acidity. This wine is drinking well now and will continue to evolve over the next several years.
PinotReport - "Medium-bodied ruby color; lush, spicy cinnamon and cherry aromas; deep, rich spicy cherry flavors with some oak and silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep and forward fruit really makes a delight to drink."
Wine Spectator - "Slowly unfolding its savory herb, cola, wild berry and spice attributes, this gains depth and nuance, ending with a pleasing mix of complex flavors. Drink now through 2016."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, which is a blend from two sites, Rodgers Creek and Keller Estate, is another wine made from the modern clones 115, 777, 667 as well as the older Pommard selection. More sassafras/rootbeer notes intermixed with herbs, flowers and berry fruit make for a complex, cool-climate impression aromatically, and a good, fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, with more spice and earthiness, jump from the glass. Winemaker Erich Bradley seems to have the Midas touch with the beautifully opulent, round and generous texture he builds into these wines without any sense of weightiness. Purity and nicely integrated wood, tannin and acidity are also admirable. This wine should drink well for 5-6 years."
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Based in the town of Sonoma, Sojourn Cellars is a highly acclaimed winery specializing in the production of artisan Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
We source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and we help direct farming operations to assure that our grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. We consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards.
Sojourn feels passionate about creating high-quality wines and always being accessible to the people who buy and enjoy our wines. Sojourn offers seated tastings in a casual, yet sophisticated environment and prides itself on always putting the customer first. View all Sojourn Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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