For my latest contribution to Snooth’s Wine Writers’ Round-Up series, we offer some suggestions on exciting vintages to check out. I chose 2013 in Sonoma, a vintage that I’m fully in love with.
I love the Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Syrahs (and plenty of other wines) from the 2013 vintage in Sonoma. The wines from different sites and different winemakers show a similar aesthetic — vibrant aromatics, bright fruit, fresh acidity and accessible structure. In 2013, a cold winter was followed by a warm spring, that triggered early bud break in many vineyards. But the year was relatively calm and uneventful, spare a heat spike in late June and early July, the weather was consistent. On the Sonoma Coast, the days were warm and the nights chilled by cold Pacific breeze.Bibiana Gonzalez-Rave, winemaker for Pahlmeyer’s Sonoma Coast wines, called the vintage ideal, a “perfect 10.” And I’ve heard similar praise from winemakers from all over the North Coast.
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