98 Points - California Wine Advisors
“One for the record books!” -- That was the resounding cry from growers and vintners alike when talking about the magnificent 2012 harvest on California’s "True" Sonoma Coast.
The 2012 growing season was truly idyllic, a perfect mixture of warm sunny days tempered by maritime fog provided incredible conditions that, when coupled with the relatively small amount of rain late in the season, allowed us to harvest the optimally ripened clusters at our leisure. The quality and quantity of wine produced from the "True" Sonoma Coast in 2012 is going to go down in history as a benchmark vintage. Denser than previous vintages, the 2012 Aston Estate Pinot Noir is similar to the 2009 vintage with more red fruit characteristics giving it great balance.
Impressive from first pour, our 2012 Aston Estate Pinot Noir dazzles with its seductive deep garnet color and silken texture. The wine offers abundant aromas of ripe fruit including red currants, wild red berries, and black cherries. Focusing on the always-elegant Dijon clones, this Pinot Noir is fruit-driven with a soft smokiness and sweet smell of night-bloom jasmine. The creamy texture and refreshing acidity create an incredibly pleasurable mouth feel that leads to a long and satisfying finish. Spectacularly approachable at such a young age the 2012 Aston Estate will continue to develop in the coming years.
•Varietal: 100% Estate Growm Pinot Noir
•Appellation: Sonoma Coast
•Blend: Clones 115, 667 , and 777
•Cooperage: Ermitage, François Freres, Remond French oak barrels
•Barrel Aging: On average, 10 months (50% new)
Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Marked by a trim, earth-laced cranberry and wild berry core, this is fresh and snappy, with vivid, gripping, gravelly tannins and good length. Expansive on the finish."