Radio Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Spanish for "fog," la neblina rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to blanket and cool the coastal Pinot Noir vineyards of western Sonoma County. Organically grown grapes in prized Goldridge soil were lovingly fermented into the La Neblina Pinot Noir.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and minerals. Juicy, penetrating and precise, with a silky texture and lovely purity to its red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with admirable length and focus and lingering notes of smoky minerals and spicecake. Offers a compelling combination of power and finesse and has the depth to age."
Burghound.com - "A restrained, airy and ripe nose of plum, black cherry and spice is followed by notably rich, supple, round and mouth coating medium weight flavors that also possess a velvety mouth feel on the slightly more complex, dusty and lingering finish. About the only nit here is a touch of backend warmth but it's not really enough to materially detract from the overall sense of balance."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Pinot Noir La Neblina is a delicious entry-level wine. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, hard candies and savory herbs all jump from the glass. The aromas and flavors all have superb intensity. A relatively easygoing wine, the 2009 La Neblina has lovely balance and plenty of overall harmony."
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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.
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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.