Senses Wines

Owner(s) Myles Lawrence-Briggs, Christopher Strieter, Max Thieriot
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Senses Wines

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.

Reviewed Wines

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 »