Located on the Sonoma Coast, on the Eastern slope of the second ridge from the Pacific Ocean, this unique hillside vineyard benefits from both the cool maritime breeze and the mild and sunny mountain climate. Handcrafted by using classical Burgundian techniques, it is the 'Noble Hillsides' or 'Côteaux Nobles.'
As for the Pinot Noirs, all are from the Sonoma Coast and are 100% destemmed and aged largely in 100% new Francois Freres Burgundy barrels. The 2007 Pinot Noir Coteaux Nobles exhibits flowery raspberry and forest floor notes, some hints of kirsch, underbrush, and root vegetables. It is made form a suitcase clone that was smuggled in, and no doubt it is from a grand cru vineyard in Burgundy, given the aromatics and flavors of this wine. It should drink beautifully for up to a decade."
The Wine Advocate
"Good medium red. Crushed black cherry and spices on the nose, with a violet florality emerging with aeration. Broad, concentrated and deep, with lovely lift to the framboise, black tea and forest floor flavors. This very seamless pinot noir grew even richer with air, without losing its shape. Finishes very long, spicy and aromatic, with suave tannins. Time in bottle should bring even more complexity. From the same vineyard as the Ma Douce chardonnay."
International Wine Cellar