Focus on 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot

We’re honored to be featured in Jon Bonne’s post on “10 Sonoma Coast Stars from 2012”

2012 Lutum Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($60, 13.62%): Lutum is the new project by winemaker Gavin Chanin and Bill Price (an owner of Durell, Kosta Browne and more). I’ve never been fully convinced of Durell’s potential with Pinot Noir (versus, say, Syrah). This is a curious data point. It’s rich and deeply extracted, balancing red-fruit brightness, deep oak tones, Bergamot and clove – a middle ground between full-bore fruit and that more intellectual style.

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