We don’t see enough decent Californian wines here in the UK. This is a really impressive Pinot Noir from Sonoma that I really enjoyed.
Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007 Sonoma, California
14.2% alcohol. This is the entry level wine in Patz & Hall’s portfolio of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, but it’s really good. A cherry red colour, it has an aromatic nose of sweet cherry and raspberry fruit with some fine spicy notes. The palate is sweetly fruited but quite light (a good thing in Pinot) with cherry and red berry fruit and subtle spiciness, combined with smooth texture and great balance. No heaviness at all, and avoids the sweet and sour character common with Pinot Noir. 93/100 (UK retail c. £25, available from www.wallingfordvintners.co.uk)