Radio-Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir 2012, Sonoma County, California

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Sonoma Coast, California

Pinot Noir

This scarlet begonia sings with notes of bright red fruit, hibiscus, and Asian spice that grab you from the word go. Named after the fog that creeps through the Sonoma coast and chills the berries, La Neblina is dense and perfumed, possessing a savory quality that showcases the purity of the fruit. This word-of-mouth winery is picking up steam… grab some before the train leaves the station.

92pts -Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
“Brilliant ruby. Lively redcurrant and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of Asian spices and fresh rose. Highly fragrant in the mouth, offering juicy, focused red fruit flavors that put on weight with aeration. Becomes smokier with air and finishes on a spicy note, with fine-grained tannins lending shape.”— Josh Raynolds

93pts -Antonio Galloni
“A totally striking wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Neblina is laced with bright raspberry, cranberry, rose petals mint and cinnamon notes. The flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated throughout. Sweet floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. In this vintage, the Neblina was done with 15% whole clusters. This bright, aromatically expressive Pinot is a great choice for drinking over the next few years. There is a lot to like here. The Neblina is Radio-Coteau's largest production Pinot, should be relatively easy to find. The 2012 is a blend of several sites, including Hallberg and deselected barrels of the vineyard-designates.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate
“The five 2012 barrel samples of Pinot Noir I tasted include the dark ruby-colored 2012 Pinot Noir La Neblina which comes from Dijon clones planted in the famous Goldridge soils of the region. Aged [16] months in 30% new French oak, it offers lots of cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate notes along with forward, savory, flattering fruit, medium body and a soft texture. It is best drunk over the next 3-4 years.”