Three Sticks, Sonoma Coast (Sonoma County, California) Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard 2021

($75):  The Sonoma Coast (especially the part of the Sonoma Coast AVA that is west and elevated) is known for cooler temperatures that produce restrained, tensile Pinot Noirs, like this one.  Bright and brimming with red cherry-like flavors, this fruit-driven, pristine Pinot Noir has good depth without being heavy.  Its 14 percent stated alcohol shows itself with a delicate, pleasing sweetness.  A hint of savory notes emerges as it sits in the glass.  Enjoy now for its youthful fruitiness or cellar it for a few years and wait for the savory elements to unfold.
93 Michael Apstein Dec 5, 2023