Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2016 Aston Estate Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Bottle Notes

Aston Estate was founded in 2001 by Fred Schrader, founder of Schrader Cellars, Chuck Sweeney, co-founder of Vine Cliff and Thomas Rivers-Brown. Several years ago TRB bought out the other two founders and became the sole owner. Aston Estate is located near the remote township of Annapolis, approximately five miles from the coast.

I was on the mailing list early on but dropped off at some point. I signed back up after TRB finalized the purchase because he has always been one of my favorite Pinot Noir winemakers.

Dark red in color. 14.2% ABV. Fantastic nose of red fruits, forest floor, citrus and flowers. Medium body with perfect acidity. Dark, rich and brooding. Black cherry, black raspberry, blood orange and earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. I find myself still trying to figure out the nuances of the various wines from Aston and Rivers Marie and this particular wine leans more dark fruited and richer than the others. Regardless, there is a place in my cellar for both.

My rating: 93 points.

The winery is still accepting names for their mailing list. Super wines from an incredible vineyard that are fairly priced. Lots to like here.

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