Radio Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2013

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Radio Coteau 'La Neblina' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2013

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In all likelihood, the chances of anyone buying this wine speculatively are about the same as Donald Trump hiring a mariachi band for his birthday party, but it's a beautiful wine despite the incommensurately low scores from the critics (see below). Most people will by now have seen below, clocked the price and closed the page, so if you are still reading, thank you for persisting. I think this is a wine that doesn't necessarily catch your attention immediately, but more in the manner of a delayed double-take. I could easily see why it wouldn't stand out in a crowd, but I think it might be the wine you remember afterwards It's attractively unaffected, showing its natural charms in such a way that you want to spend more time in its company and maybe regret wasting so much time with the strutting and preening wines whose initial charms quickly wear off. Made with very little interference in the winery, it is a fantastic expression of cool climate Pinot Noir, showing a silky texture, fine tannins and a subtly nuanced palate of sweet red berries, brick chippings and cold embers. 13.4% alc. Drink now-2022.

Press Reviews:

The Wine Advocate:
"Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina is from an organically farmed vineyard planted in Goldridge soils. This is generally from Dijon clones with a little bit of Mt. Eden. The wine is round, juicy, with dark berry fruit, tobacco leaf and forest floor notes, medium body and soft tannins. It should drink nicely for at least 7-10 years." 89 points

Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina is quite floral and lifted in this vintage. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and spices all grace the palate in a feminine, gracious wine. The core of the blend is Hallberg fruit, which is fleshed out with deselected barrels from the vineyard designates." (89-91) points

Robert Parker: "For more than a decade now, I’ve been super-impressed by wine-grower and proprietor Eric Sussman, the brains behind these beautiful wines of Radio-Coteau. Working in cool-climate, coastal vineyard sites in Sonoma and Anderson valleys, he is a great believer in natural winemaking, with indigenous yeast fermentation, low SO2 levels, and generally biodynamic or organic farming. All of his wines are bottled in-house, unfined and unfiltered. This is a great showing for his wines, as he transitions to entirely estate fruit. (Right now it’s about 50% of his production, but it’s moving toward 100%.)"

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