VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
Three childhood friends, Christopher Strieter, Max Thieriot, and Myles Lawrence-Briggs reunited after many years to produced small lots of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from West Sonoma Coast vineyards near their hometown of Occidental under the Senses label (the logo is SENS3S).
Noted winemaker Thomas Brown (Rivers-Marie) is the winemaking consultant who joined the Senses team in 2012. His work with the wines of Rivers-Marie combined with his love of Occidental's extreme Sonoma Coast growing region make him a natural fit for Senses.
Vineyard sources include B.A. Thieriot Vineyard, Hillcrest Estate Vineyard, Charles Heintz Vineyard and Tanuda Ridge Vineyard, all located in Occidental. Both estate vineyards, Hillcrest and B.A. Thieriot, are less than ten miles from the California Coast and are exposed to morning fog, coastal breezes and mild afternoon temperatures. The maritime influence creates complex wines that have low alcohol, bright acidity and depth on the palate.
The wines are sold through a mailing list. There is select restaurant placement primarily in Sonoma County.
Articles About Senses Wines
2013 Senses Hillcrest Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Vineyard is just outside town of Occidental adjacent Charles Heintz Vineyard. Home to the original Chardonnay plantings in the Sonoma Coast, it has been replanted to Pinot Noir in 2005 to Calera, Swan, “828,” and 115. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wine was love at first sip, with a discreetly concentrated array of fresh fruit flavors accented with spice and oak seasoning. Silky in the mouth with suave tannins and a driving, uplifting finish flush with fruit. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Senses Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sourced from the same vineyards as the 2012 vintage that was previously reviewed in this newsletter but 2013 was a slightly warmer year. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Strikingly soft in the mouth and very easy to like, with flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and spice. Very forward and embracing. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 SENS3S Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, $40. Sourced from Hillcrest Estate and Tanuda vineyards. Barrel aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. · Noticeably better than when previously tasted in July 2014. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Attractive aromas of black cherry, rose petal, spice and mulch. Very tasty core of fresh black cherry, blueberry and pomegranate fruits with some length and intensity on the finish which sports a good cut of acidity. There is better integration of tannins and oak since last tasted. Score: 90. Reviewed November 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Senses Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., pH 3.78, TA 0.54, $40. Released fall 2013. Sourced from Hillcrest Estate and Tanuda vineyards. BArrel aged for 11 months in 25% new French oak barres. Winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Soaring scents of oak-infused red and black cherries and redwood forest. Modest concentration of darker red cherry and berry fruits with a muscular backbone of firm tannins which show up on the finish. A solid wine with charming fruit that could use more time in bottle to soften and integrate the tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
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