2018 Laguna Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
So what happens when you plant the most site-receptive red grape in a vibrant river valley, ringed by redwoods and lorded over by the cold Pacific ocean? In a vintage like 2018, you silence those skeptical of California terroir, because this wine smells irrefutably like the place it comes from. It leads with freshly-picked coastal berries, both sweet and tart. It has a whisper of crushed seashells and pine sap. The signature notes from our friend Steven Moore's biodynamic Teac Mor vineyard are on display tooâ€”the cranberry skin, the pomegranate, the rhubarb, the black tea, and they all seem to come from a well-tuned orchestra. Special year out here for sure.