Roth Estate Winery, 2009, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast/Sonoma Valley

From Lancaster Estate’s distributed label.  Winemaker Jesse Katz offers one of those Pinots that refuses to release you.  Nice introductory flavor shock with the nose; wild berry, forest floor, spiced mushroom, maybe a mint flicker.  On that palate, you’ll experience light-medium to medium gravity, body, with the wildness the fruit’s tenacity and coy spicy tones pingponging with delicious dizziness.  This Pinot, with it Sonoma Coast sway, doesn’t need culinary companion.  Sip on its own, if you want, maybe slightly chilled as I did with this visit.  Confident in its strut and deliciously interactive qualities.  Tasting room price-point, $28.  Beyond impressive in value, and sip seduction.  Pair with anything from light pasta, to fish, to a margherita pizza.  Maybe even a gently spiced mediterranean dish.  Versatile and voluptuous.  Get a bottle, soon.  Sip, sip …

1S Score: 93

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