N°11 Pinot Noir Reviews
The 2013 Pinot Noir No. 11 from Sonoma Coast is a darker-fruited and deeper-colored, more Côte de Nuits style of Pinot Noir with a broader mouthfeel, more savory, complex richness, notes of forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherries, and loads of personality and character. This is a beauty, and seductive. Drink it over the next decade.
Full-bodied and expressively juicy, this is an enjoyable wine right now, rich, earthy and balanced between its notions of red cherry and blackberry fruit and exotic cardamom spice. Harmonious and layered, it finishes with aplomb.
There is a trace of herbal tea to the fresh mix of red and dark currant, plum and violet hints. The middle weight flavors are forward and lush with a distinctly suave mouth feel that continues onto the dusty and mouth coating finale that offers moderate depth and length. I like the delivery as it’s clean and dry in the best sense. At present there isn’t quite enough depth to be at the next level though if more develops my score may be overly conservative.
This comes from the Durell Vineyard on the border of Carneros and Sonoma Valley, harvested at a sleek 21.6 degrees Brix, fermented without added yeasts and aged in new and once-used French oak. It's pretty irresistible, a savory pinot noir that feels energetic yet relaxed from its time spent in a barrel, centered around wild mushroom and light wood smoke aromas, glowing with the subtle brightness of its acidity. Harmonious and complex without any rough edges, this wine's texture is supple and meaty, satisfying with grilled quail.