Our 2011 Pinot Noir invites you in with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry dusted with subtle notes of dark chocolate, purple basil and walnuts. This silky, medium-bodied wine leads with vibrant flavors of red raspberry and pomegranate seed. Wonderfully earthy undertones reminiscent of Shitake mushrooms follow, while hints of caraway seeds and cedar add further complexity to the smooth lingering finish.
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.
The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90° F. Finally in mid-September temperatures reached the mid-90's for a week or so which was just what the winemakers were hoping for. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors.
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. Sonoma is where our family is rooted. It's 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.