One of the early pioneers of Pinot Noir in the Sonoma Coast, Joan and Walt Flowers bet big on themselves in the 1980’s when they left Bucks County to go West where they purchased a winery on the “extreme Sonoma Coast”, atop a relentlessly windy, rugged coastal ridge. Though the popular belief was that Pinot Noir was better suited for Napa or elsewhere, a small group of folks including the Flowers and Tom Rochioli disagreed.
So too did Steve Kistler, who for years bought every grape he could off the Flowers family estate before they finally realized exactly what they had and finally started their own winery in 1994.
Flash forward a few decades and Flowers is now a household name, in part due to their two amazing vineyards Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge right near the Pacific Oceans at elevations from 1,150 to 1,875 feet. They’re also part of the Hueneus Family’s wine portfolio responsible for the likes of Quintessa, Faust and Leviathan.
With incredible winemaking resources and vineyard sites, it’s hardly a wonder they continue to rack up big accolades and elude the hands of most who look for their bottles. But thanks to the collective buying power of Nicholas Wines, that ends today, with a spectacular new release.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was just about completely destemmed (2% stems) and spent 10 months in 18% new French oak. Lots of spice box, earthy forest floor, cherries, and redcurrant notes define the bouquet, and it’s medium-bodied and balanced, with good acidity and a great finish. As with everything from this estate, it’s impeccably made and high-quality.