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Small Sips of Sonoma Coast

2006 MacMurray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $19. · An oak-infused wine with aromas and flavors of confected black cherry, smoke and tar. A herbaceous edge is evident. Soft, but evident tannins. I have seen this wine very favorably reviewed in the wine press but it was disappointing to me. Drink it with grilled meat or fish.

2006 Arissa Jane Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 432 cases, $35. From a quote "famous maker" of Pinot Noir. · Shy dark stone fruits, shrooms, mowed grass, raisin and oak on the nose. Wild berry flavors are fine, but there is plenty of raisin and prune to ruin the experience. The penetrating acidity leads to a puckering finish..

2006 William Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $42. · Strawberry, red cherry, allspice, and a hint of pine resin on the nose with light and tart red cherry and blueberry flavors. Soft, feminine and cozy with lively acidity. Simple, but enjoyable.

2006 Zapaltas La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $43. · A perfectly fine appellation wine showing the best qualities of the cool Sonoma Coast. Nicely spiced red fruits, silky texture, and lively acidity to match up well with food. Just fine the next day from a re-corked opened bottle. Sold through the website, with limited retail distribution.

2006 Kanzler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $50. The Kanzler Vineyard is on an east-facing slope of a small valley in the coastal hills between Bodega Bay and Sebastopol. Foggy mornings, warm days, and afternoon breezes are ideal for Pinot Noir. Farmed by Stephen and Lynda Kanzler. The winemaker is Greg Stach. · Dark red cherry, strawberry, oak spice and some herbs in the mix as well. Plenty of fruit but not flabby or overdone. Full of charm with a soft, velvety texture, refined tannins, and a clean finish. A seamless wine brimming with juiciness. Highly recommended. Retail distribution and mailing list sales. The website is www.kanzlervineyards.com.

2006 Alcina Cellars Ramondo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 336 cases, $53. · Very reserved delicate cherry perfume. The red fruits, including cherry and pomegranate, are demure and no tannin is in sight. Not showing much leg now, a Pinot in petticoats. Still, a charming drink.

2006 Alcina Cellars Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 264 cases, $53. · The nose evolves beautifully in the glass exhibiting wet and smoky oak, baked cherries, and grilled meat. Delicious black cherry onslaught leaving a gradually fading memory on the mildly dry finish. Very light and diaphanous with a smoky edge throughout. Thoroughly satisfying, the wine holds its alcohol well. Sold through a mailing list at www.alcinacellars.com.

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