2016 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir Dierke
Red – Savory and Classic
Jeb Dunnuck 95pts: There are 200 cases of the 2016 Pinot Noir Dierke which comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and saw 10% stems and one-third new oak. It has a beautiful forest floor and pine needle character as well as ripe raspberries, cherry, and passion fruit tones. Medium-bodied, silky, and incredibly elegant, with sweet tannins, it’s another ballerina wine from this team that shines for its grace and complexity.
Eric Sussman first heard the expression radio coteau from a friend while living and working in Burgundy. More than a preference for how you discover these wines, the name reflects a commitment to capturing reflections of soil, seasons, people and place. In 2002, Eric established Radio-Coteau, focusing on the north coast vineyards of western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley. With their benchland locations, well-drained soils, exposure by capricious marine air and fog, these sites host grapes naturally suited to their surrounding elements. This natural selection afforded Eric an opportunity to refine his Old World experiences while working with New World grapes. For more than a decade, he has strived to balance nature’s expression with a delicate, but disciplined human touch in these handcrafted wines.
Radio-Coteau is a wine producer making single-vineyard wines from cool-climate coastal vineyards in Sonoma County and Anderson Valley. The winery, situated in Sebastopol, California, was established in 2002 and includes an estate vineyard in the hills above Occidental in the Sonoma Coast AVA.