2019 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina
2019 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir La Neblina Displaying graceful accessibility in its youth, the 2019 La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir entices with a delicate mélange of fruit and spice. Fresh raspberry, red cherry, and black plum beckon, along with warm notes of allspice, and dried green tea leaf. Woven amongst well-integrated tannins is a hint of sarsaparilla, balanced by ripe cranberry and a slight minerality. Extended time in glass reveals earthier elements of mushroom and sous bois, a glimpse of the ageing potential of this versatile wine.
A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity. Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs. The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”