Many wineries claim to be “on the coast” but disappointingly, for some, that means a short 20 or 30 minute drive down to the coast. Very few have the type of relationship with the coast as the legendary wine pioneers Walt & Joan Flowers and their immaculate estate.
For almost 30 years, Flowers Vineyards and Winery has grown some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the rugged coastal ridges of the extreme Sonoma Coast. Joan and Walt Flowers had a simple goal, to make exceptional wine that captures the wild beauty of the land and the spirit of the Sonoma Coast. They’ve been able to do that and a whole lot else crafting distinctive wines that capture the spirit of the Sonoma Coast and benefit from its elevated, rocky terrain.
Perched on top of soaring coastal ridges that border the nearby Pacific Ocean, the two estate vineyards are Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge with elevations from 1,150 to 1,875 feet. Flowers resides in the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticulture Area (AVA), which was established in 2012 and located on the extreme western edge of the Sonoma Coast Appellation.
With a few years of age, this one is showing incredibly at this stage. This has a really pretty deep garnet color with complex with aromas of rhubarb, Bing cherry, pomegranate and blood orange and a hint of some baking spice on the end. On the palate, black berry fruits with orange zest and savory notes. Well-integrated silky tannins and brilliant acidity, this wine unfolds in the glass with layers and nuance.
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95 Points, James Suckling
Subtle and fresh with perfumed aromas of cedar, lemon tree, tea, and ash. Medium to full body, ultra-fine tannins and a tannic and intense finish. Love the energy here. Drink now or hold.
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