This is the first offering of our Sonoma Coast bottling exclusively from Riddle Vineyard. As we continue to grab more and more of this vineyard, the ability to craft a standalone wine has become pretty simple. We use a little bit of every clone from the site and position those components to complement each other. The Mount Eden is picked early to add elegance and aromatic finesse, the 828 fills the mid-palate with sweet red and black fruit and the Pommard provides the structure that frames the finish. The wine is tightly packed with a little nervous energy and some zippy acidity to add freshness. The fruit mix moves from black back to red as the high-toned notes kick in. The savory components come up in the finish with licorice and gravelly earth, all with a floral top note.
The 2019 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is very open and effusive in this vintage, which leads me to think it will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet spice and floral notes add brightness to the red/purplish berry fruit. There is a lovely sense of immediacy to the 2019, if not quite the detail of the very best years. Another year or two in bottle will only help. Alternatively, I suggest opening it well in advance.