Bottling: 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Sub-Region: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma
Estimated Retail Price: $25
Purchase Details: Paid $22 and change at Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor on the island of Oahu
Tasting Notes: Juicy and clean are the hallmarks of this 2006 Cep Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Its been two vintages in a row now that I’ve had this wine, and I have been quite pleased with both vintages. It’s not a super complex, thought-provoking pinot, but when you’re shelling out $22 for a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir delivering this kind of quality, you can’t really complain.
Lots of strawberry, dark cherries, red cherries and a hint of earth. Juicy nose, juicy and medium weight mouth feel and a refreshing acid backbone made this wine very appealing.
It would be a great gulper, even slightly chilled like a Beaujolais. Winemaker, if you’re reading this, this wine is perfect at standard red wine serving temperatures. There was just something about it that made me want gulp it down cold.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: As I said, this wine was a gulper, so food was not really necessary. All you need is a back porch and a stool to kick your feet up on to enjoy this wine.
Winery & Other Background Information: This wine looks to be one of those phantom winemaker, unknown vineyard source, elusive winery kind of bottlings. You just can’t find any information on it anywhere.
The only reason I even know anything about it was when we had our store, we were able to get some inside industry information on who the winemaker was. If you want to find out who he/she is, drop me an email and I’ll let you know. Geez, as I write this, I’m feeling a little silly playing “You didn’t hear it from me” kind of games.