It might be cabernet country, but that hasn’t stopped a couple of cowboys from planting pinot in Sonoma. Known for its forested hillsides and coastal ledges, Sonoma County is also a leading region in the biodynamic and organic wine movement.
Sonoma County’s more classic pinots are high-toned with hints of jammy sweetness. Like the Eagles, it’s the classic All American crooner – mellow yet memorable.
Along the fringe on the Sonoma Coast, with its fog-shrouded hillsides and massive red wood trees, is where you’ll find the outliers. Its pinots are all bright fruits, red citrus and cinnamon; a little rough around the edges with slight salty and smoky flavours, like Johnny Cash or Leonard Skynard.
As for the Russian River Valley, its pinots are Bon Jovi: poppy and fun, and can do no wrong.
Wineries to keep an eye out for:
Sonoma County: Kistler
Sonoma Coast: Littorai
Russian River: Cobb