When poured, our 2012 Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an inky ruby color in the glass. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes wild strawberry and dried tea leaves, with complicated nuances of Tahitian vanilla and violets. Sweet, supple and graceful in the mouth, the silky texture and lively tart raspberry flavors take shape on the palate. It expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves. This alluring wine, often seen as the ultimate food wine, is made to pair with a bevy of dishes. Try with vegetable bruschetta, or roast pork loin and morel mushrooms for a heartier meal.
This wine is crafted from grapes sourced from two different Sonoma Coast sub-appellations; the Petaluma Gap and the Carneros region. The wind and the fog are the Petaluma Gap’s trademarks. Fruit from this cooler region adds depth and complexity to the finished wine, while the Carneros grapes add fleshy fruit notes that linger on the palate. The result of this cooler climate fruit sourcing is a finely balanced crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir that seamlessly marries food-friendly acidity with a smoothly seductive tannin structure.
Sonoma enjoyed idyllic grape growing conditions in 2012. A perfect spring bud break, followed by steady flowering, an even fruit set, and just the right amount of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights, ensured that grapes enjoyed the extended hang time needed to fully develop. This was welcome news to local winemakers after having weathered the excessively wet and cool conditions of the previous two vintages. The 2012 harvest in Sonoma produced exceptional grapes showing great structure and finesse, with well-developed fruit flavors and balanced acidity. While quality was high across the board, our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a true standout displaying elegant structure, beautiful color and wonderfully perfumed aromas.
In 1895 Samuele Sebastiani emigrated from Italy to Sonoma and built a thriving wine business that is now in its fourth generation. For our namesake wine, we wanted to create something truly memorable and personal. For over 115 years, our family name has been synonymous with quality winemaking here in Sonoma. It’s where our family is rooted. Sonoma is where we live, where we work, and the only place we will ever call home.
We couldn’t be more proud to carry on the family tradition with a wine that evokes the very essence and spirit of this unique and wonderful place. What’s more, we couldn’t be more excited to lend our very own name, Don & Sons, to this elegant offering from this exceptional region.