2010 Soliste Cellars Pinot Noir T-Block Sonatera Vineyard- USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/13/2015)
The closest thing to burgundy I have drank from CA. Fragrant nose of red fruit and earth. On the palate dark cherry, black tea and earth. Great texture and mouthfeel. A complex wine that is drinking well now. (94 pts.)
After reading a few posts about this wine I decided to give it a try. Bought the recent vintage and asked the winery about a library wine that expresses their style and is drinking well. Their recommendation was the wine above. I must say that I am quite impressed with this wine. I have the tragic flaw of comparing PN with Burgundies but I have to say that this wine delivered at an intellectual level that I have found in very few CA Pinots. And yes, it was also delicious.
13.3% alc , from the taste and nose profile stems are used. Single clone wine.
I cannot stand flabby wines no matter how complex they seem, so for my taste this wine was quite fresh. I can still recall the nice zest on the finish. I purposely did not want to open the current vintage, reason why I got this 2010 library wine and try to get a sense on how they might evolve. Jury not out on its QPR but at $85 it is not cheap.
I really liked the wine but the prices are steep. I have bought a few to cellar on what seem good vintages, but i will likely hold on to them and rely on others notes to see how they evolve. They are very good Ill give you that.
Sebastian- I hear you on the prices for the top end wines. The Narcisse is $45 and I would put it up against other top Appellation and some SVD wines from other wineries. Something to drink while you give the mono clone wines some time.