"Medium cherry-red color. Sweet, balanced pinot fruit, spice & earthy nose. Red cherry, strawberry, apricot, mushroom & caramel flavors. This is the most flexible of the Clouds Rest Limited Release Pinot Noir wines and will match with a wide range of food dishes. Pair with anything of moderate intensity. The most attractive wine for drinking today and in the short to mid-term. Very polished." Steve Morey, Master Sommelier (4/18/12) SCORE: 95 Pinot Report
2006 Clouds Rest “Limited Release” Pinot Noir
The Clouds Rest vineyard is situated at a lofty 1250' on Sonoma Mountain in the heart of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Planted in unique volcanic soil on the rocky hillsides, our grapes ripen with warm days and cool evening ocean breezes that when combined create the unique alluring terroir of Clouds Rest Pinot Noir. This is the most intensely planted vineyard in the Sonoma Coast Ava and the most difficult and expensive to farm. 100% of our farming is done by hand. We have 10,000+ vines planted high density 36" x 36" of the finest pinot noir clones selected block by block to ripen together creating the consistent, rich and seductive flavors of our wine. Struggle is the name of the game in producing the finest pinot noir.
The Sonoma Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County, California, USA containing more than 500,000 acres (2,000 km2), mostly along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It extends from San Pablo Bay to the border with Mendocino County. The appellation is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County. The area has such a broad range of microclimates that petitions are being made to the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the creation of sub-AVAs such as the proposed Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.