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Vineyard: Flying Rooster Ranch

OwnerDennis De La Montanya
AppellationSonoma Coast
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 De La Montanya Flying Rooster Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $45. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. More roundness and interest than Tina!s in this vintage. Nicely spiced cherries show up on the nose and palate that has balanced tannins and easy drink ability. A streak of savory herbs runs through. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Longboard Vineyards Flying Rooster Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $42. From a vineyard located in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, aged in French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely aromas of fresh cherry pie glaze, red berries and forest floor, becoming more intense and pleasing over time in the glass. Middleweight flavors of perfectly ripe cherries and raspberries with complimentary notes of spice and tea, finishing long with a good cut of acidity. Very supple tannins make for easy drinking. Read to go now. Very good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 De La Montanya Flying Rooster Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $45. From a 60-acre vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. Dijon 115 with a small amount of “828.” · Hi-tone aromatics featuring darker cherries and berries with a subtle note of oak spice. Moderately rich and sappy with very ripe cherry and currant flavors. An enjoyable wine with balanced tannins and a noticeably long finish. Score: 88. Reviewed September 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 De La Montanya Reserve Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., 48 cases, $50 (sold out). Sourced from Christine!s Vineyard and Flying Rooster Ranch. Aged 13 months in 50% new French oak. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Dark Bing cherries and baking spice are featured on the expressive nose. Full throttle, sappy dark cherry flavor with notes of cola and new oak. Similar to Christine!s Vineyard Pinot Noir. Tasted later in the day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine leaned more heavily on oak and was a touch hot on the finish. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Felta Creek Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 150 cases, $24. Sourced from Flying Rooster Ranch and Marg’s Vineyard. · A lightly weighted wine that is true to the varietal with dark red fruits supported by a sidecar of oak and good acidity. The silky texture makes for easy drinking. Excellent value in a Pinot Noir for the everyday man. Gold Medal at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in its class. Reviewed July 9, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Felta Creek Vineyards Flying Rooster Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 95 cases, $24. Vinified at Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande for De La Montanya. · Very enticing aromas of crushed black cherries, herbs, and oak char. On the palate, the attack of dark berry and dark stone fruits is lipsmacking and the soft texture is alluring. The tannins are noticeable but reigned-in. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 De La Montanya Flying Rooster Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 100 cases, $36. · Dazzling aromas of red cherry, concord grape and cocoa. On the palate, there is a lovely potpourri of cherries, strawberries, black raspberries and a subtle sidecar of oak. The finish is clean and dry. Medium-bodied and fruit-forward, I like this wine for its finesse and pinotypicity. Reviewed April 7, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Flying Rooster Sonoma Coast Red Wine

Wine 14.7% alc., $20. 80% Pinot Noir, 10% Syrah, and 10% Cabernet Franc. · This is an every-day drinker, not intended for serious pinotphiles. It is pleasant enough, but finishes more like a Syrah than a Pinot. Reviewed November 7, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 De La Montanya Flying Rooster Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 47 cases, $36. · This could turn out to be the star of the lineup. It is well balanced, silky, and finishes with plush Pinot fruits and spice. There is some earthiness and tea notes here as well. Plenty of structure, but light on its feet. A wine for Pinot lovers. Reviewed November 7, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »