February 17, 2020

2015 Three Sticks Durell Estate Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.49, TA 0.60, 178 cases, $70. Clones 667, 115 and 777. 25% whole cluster, open-top fermentation, aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of brioche bramble and nutty oak lead to a mid weight styled wine with tantalizing black cherry, black raspberry, pomegranate and warm spice flavors that satisfy. Velvety and seductive in the mouth, with streamlined tannins and a virile finish of good length. The barrel management is spot on. The nose was much more expressive when the wine was sampled later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 93. Reviewed January 6, 2018

Winery: Three Sticks Wines
From article: A Bounty of Ravishing California Pinot Noir Greets the New Year