If you love premier cru and grand cru red burgundy wine but baulk at paying the £100–£200 it costs, it’s high time you got to know pinot noir’s new home on California’s cool, foggy Sonoma Coast, says Jane Macquitty in The Times. The region’s best pinots rival top burgundies, and are often around half the price.
2014 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,
California (£42; Roberson Wine) is a silky, smoky, red berry and cherry Sonoma Coast pinot noir with elegance and length. Or try Littorai’s extraordinarily elegant, sensual, wild strawberry-scented 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£49; Handford Wines).
If you can, splash out on a single-vineyard edition. Kutch’s 2015 Bohan Vineyard is a lovely, long, silky herbaceous rosehip triumph (£50.15; Roberson Wine), and Hirsch’s rich, herby, blood orange-fruited 2014 East Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£82; Roberson Wine) is a star. For considerably less money, I’d also recommend La Crema’s vibrant, black cherry-licked 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£22.99; Noel Young Wines).
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