Vineyard: Zephyr

AppellationSonoma Coast
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2007 Lynmar Estate Zephyr Farms Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.62, 569 cases, $70. Dijon clones planted in Goldridge soils at the western border of the Green Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. Final blend is 50% 667, 25% 777 and 25% 115. 100% de-stemmed, 7-10 day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 16 months in 70% new French oak barrels. · The aromatics are stunning featuring savory fruits and herbs. Picks up interest over the time in the glass, displaying a tasty array of red and black stone fruits and berries with an earthy and savory herbal underpinning. Still has tannins to shed and will benefit with additional time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 487 cases, $60. Clones 115, 667 and 777. 50% Koos Family Vineyard, 50% Zephyr Ranch Vineyard. 30% whole clusters, cold soaked 8-10 days, hand punch downs, spontaneous wild yeast fermentation supplemented with Assmanhausen yeast. Aged 20-22 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Lightly fined and filtered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple robe. On the nuanced nose there are aromas of black raspberry, forest floor, sage and oak toast. Darkly fruited with prominent plum jam flavors framed by seasoned oak. Admirable elegance and silkiness with brisk acidity showing a bit of citrus peel on the finish. Improves when tasted later in the day suggesting age ability. Wants, needs and should have food if drunk now. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Freestone Hills Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 270 cases, $62. Balistreri (4%) and Zephyr (96%) vineyards. Yields one-half to one ton per acre. 75% de-stemmed, 25% whole clusters, 8-10 day cold soak, hand punch downs, fermentation initiated with wild yeast and finished with Assmanhausen yeast. Aged 21 months in 50% new 3-year-old air-dried tight grain French oak barrels. Lightly fined and filtered. · Ripe berries and cherries create a glass-filling presence on the nose. High-collared ripe dark fruit with a riff of herbs and loam and a healthy acidic spine leaving an impression of grapefruit peel on an amazingly long finish. This wine has more cajones, the ripest fruit and the most comforting mouthfeel of any of the other 2005 vintage Pinot Noirs from Sonoma Coast Vineyards. Tasted again the next day from a previously opened re-corked bottle, it was even better portending a long life ahead. Reviewed May 7, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »