February 17, 2020

2016 Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.61, 430 cases, $70. Released August 14, 2018. Soil is volcanic, rocky loam. Clones 667, 115, 777, 943 and Swan selection. 25% whole cluster. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 57% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a pleasing marriage of black cherry fruit and oak-driven toast aromas. A tide of vivid black cherry, blueberry and blackberry fruits roll over the palate and end with relish. Mid weight in style, with lavish oak -driven flavors of toast, spice and dark chocolate. I am not a big fan of noticeable oak, but somehow it works in this wine. Score: 93. Reviewed February 3, 2019

Winery: Three Sticks Wines
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay