Cosentino Winery - 2006 Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

cozLast week I looked at one of Cosentino's Cabernet Francs. As I mentioned at the time, I have found them to be a consistent producer. There are several things that I've found particularly impressive about their consistency. One is that they maintain high levels of quality and make interesting wines at a diverse range of price points. Secondly they make an incredible array of different wines that manage to be distinct and varietally correct while also maintaining a house style that brands them as uniquely Cosentino. Today I'll look at one of their current release Pinot Noirs. The Cosentino Winery 2006 Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from two vineyards; one just north of Carneros, and another in Russian River Valley. This wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. 1265 cases were produced and the suggested retail price is $40.

This Pinot Noir has a nice nose of wild strawberry and cherry notes. Throughout the palate pomegranate, cherry and vanilla spice notes star. Leather and earth emerge on the finish, alongside continued vanilla and a touch of nutmeg and a subtle hint of cola. This wine is nicely balanced, with fine acidity.

What I like best about this wine is that it's a classic expression of Pinot Noir made with Burgundian intent. Way too many Pinot Noir's from California are made in an overblown style that tastes nothing like Pinot. Thankfully this effort from Cosentino is not in that category. This wine is drinking incredibly well right now, especially after 30 minutes in the decanter. It'll drink well for the next 3-4 years. This 2006 Pinot Noir is another fine effort by the folks at Cosentino Winery.

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