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2007 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Sojourn Cellars has released their 2008 vintage now. I tried them in barrel last year and have some of the 2008 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard, but haven’t had a chance to open one yet. In the meantime, I revisited one of my favorite Pinot Noir from last year, the 2007 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.

Sojourn Cellars is a small, artisanal winery based in the town of Sonoma. They focus on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. They have some vines of their own, but made their 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from grapes planted in four non-Sojourn vineyards: Sullivan Vineyard on Skagg’s Island, Windsor Oaks Vineyard in Windsor, Sangiacomo Fedrick Vineyard near Petaluma and Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard in Penngrove.

The wine was bottled in August of 2008. Now, it’s clear and bright ruby in the glass with garnet overtones and medium-minus intensity. The nose is moderately intense with cranberry, brown spice, raspberry, cherry and vanilla the most prominent aromas. With decanting, orange peel and rose petal emerged. The palate shows good balance between fruit and acidity with just a bit of heat on the finish from the alcohol. The body is  just over medium and flavors include cherry, vanilla and milk chocolate. Raspberry appears and the chocolate recedes after decanting.

Decanting doesn’t hurt the 2007 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast at all, but isn’t necessary. The wine is lovely from the outset and doesn’t change significantly with air. It is unfined and unfiltered, but it does not throw enough sediment to worry about.

The wine is certainly ready to drink now but should age nicely and develop for a few years. It would be a tasty accompaniment to pan-roasted quail in Moroccan spices but something less exotic, such as take-out pork fried rice from your favorite Chinese restaurant, would be just fine. Drink now through 2014. Highly recommended.


2007 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Rating: Highly Recommended
Retail Price: $36.00 (sold out at the winery)
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir, clones 777, 115, 459 & 667
Aging: ~ 8 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
Closure: Cork
Alcohol: 14.3%

The bottle reviewed was purchased from the winery in 2009.

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