2006 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir • Herrerias & Durell Vineyards
California: Sonoma Coast
What we say
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Mission Codename: The Need For Speed
Operative: Agent White
Objective: Secure an exclusive new release from our friends at Adobe Road Wine
Mission Status: Accomplished
Current Winery: Adobe Road Winery
Wine Subject: 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Franc Dusak
The Sonoma Coast AVA, established in 1987, is the area directly adjacent to the Pacific coastline of Sonoma County. The ocean’s influence causing a cooler, higher rainfall and foggy climate most influences the vineyards of this region, many of which have exceptional views of the mighty Pacific. These factors cause grapes to mature and ripen more slowly which is idea for Pinot Noir. The region is approximately 750 square miles with about 7,000 acres under vine.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Ruby and garnet hued with purple and blue tints and ruby pick edges. Clusters of slow thin legs cling to the edge of the glass when swirled.
Smell – Medium intensity, but youthful in character with aromas of tart red cherry, earthy pine sap and mocha, a touch of floral violets and spicy horseradish and gunpowder round out the clean nose of this wine.
Feel – A medium tangy attack with a smooth dry mid-palate. This medium-bodied wine has fine medium tannins and good acidity.
Taste – Initial flavors of red fruits including red cherry, raspberry with a touch of tart cranberry. Earthy notes and spicy pepper back the fruit and provide a solid old-world balance and subtly that includes smokey tobacco.
Finish – Long and clean with tart fruit, smokey tobacco and earthiness finish this pleasantly complex wine.
Conclusion – Like all of the Adobe Road wines we’ve featured this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir shows tremendous balance and blends the best of California Pinot with classic Burgundian characteristics. With good structure, acidity and tangy fruit, this Pinot is both food friendly and also has cellar potential. That is, if you can actually save a bottle or two and not drink it all up.
Our operatives know we’ve had Adobe Road under surveillance for some time. Below follows Agent Red’s initial Mission Report on Adobe Road Wines.
I love my missions to France. The wine, the climate and the food all seem to agree with me.
On a recent mission to the French village of Anjou in the Loire Valley (the region in France best known for Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc wines), I was tipped off by a local asset that winery owner and racing legend Kevin Buckler was staying in a hotel neighboring my own.
He was in France for his annual appearance at the world famous auto race, 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kevin and his team drive the incredible Porsche GT3. Kevin is a world-class driver, and he and his team have racked up wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002.
Kevin’s winery, Adobe Road, had been under light surveillance for a few months already and Central Command was preparing to send an Agent to investigate – but I got my own once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet Kevin in his racing element, and Central Command approved my impromptu mission and I extended my stay in France.
I am enough of a Porsche fan to have my own sights set on a 2008 Cayman S. Since I had the brochure with me on my travels I used it as a prop, taking it with me to the hotel restaurant where Kevin and his team were having dinner. Having made friends with the Maître ’D earlier (I buttered him up with a bottle of Patrick Bodouin Anjou Villages Cabernet Franc ), I was seated next to their table.
I sat down and positioned the Cayman brochure so that it would be seen by Kevin or his crew. Then I ordered a bottle of great wine and waited. They took the bait and one of the guys at the table leaned over and said to me, “Hey, Buddy. That’s a nice car, but why not spring for a real Porsche and get a GT3?”
Now, I knew that the monster GT3 was their car, but I replied, “I leave that car to the professionals. It’s better suited to the racetrack, if you ask me.”
That opened up a great conversation about Porsches and about wine that went late into the night. Kevin waxed poetic about both and I enjoyed his passion on these two great subjects. As the evening was ending, Kevin’s crew chief invited me to visit pit row for a brief tour of their on-track operations. I jumped at the chance and enjoyed every second of it. At the end of the tour, I asked if I could ride along during a check-ride… and was nearly laughed off the track.
Once the crew chief wiped the tears from his eyes, he became very serious. He quickly escorted me away from the pit row, handed me a few bottles of Adobe Road Pinot Noir, and pushed me toward the security exit. Oh, well. At least I tried. And, at least I walked away with an arm full of Kevin’s excellent Pinot Noir.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Sonoma Coast region can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the winery says
About This Wine:
This wine has the best of both California and Burgundy. Aromas of dark earth, forest, dark cherries and unsweetened cocoa lead to a lush round palate of cranberry, raspberry and blackberry. This wine is ripe and flavorful yet elegantly balanced with refreshing acidity and an incredibly long finish filled with deep, captivating flavors.
Hand harvested whole clusters that were cold soaked and fermented in small, open-top bins that were punched down twice daily through fermentation and gently basket pressed.
About The Winery:
Adobe Road is a small, family-owned winery located in Petaluma. We specialize in flavorful, distinctive wines. Each of our vintages is handcrafted with fine attention to detail, for a unique taste and experience. Our wines are created in small lots, allowing precise quality control to ensure that every bottle is just the way our wine artisans intended. Traditionally, Adobe Road has produced rich red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, but 2006 brings a lighter Sauvignon Blanc to our tasting room.
Adobe Road Winery is owned by renowned sports car racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra. Adobe Road Winery produces award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petite Sirah exclusively from Sonoma County sources. The tasting room is located in Petaluma, California. In 1995 Kevin founded The Racer’s Group (TRG) and grew it into an internationally prominent manufacturer and distributor of performance Porsche parts, while simultaneously building a career as a successful endurance sportscar racer and team owner. Kevin’s accomplishments as a driver include class wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2002) and the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans (2002), an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (2003), and the title of Porsche World Cup Champion in 2002. As a team owner, Kevin has directed the growth of The Racer’s Group into an internationally-acclaimed racing team.
With friends, the Bucklers started making “garage wine”, which, after prodding from enthusiastic friends started commercially bottling under the Adobe Road label in 1999. Through Kevin’s good connections, he has acquired grapes from some very prestigious vineyards, which he handcrafts into extremely limited-production wines. The awards have followed, with the Adobe Road 2001 Zinfandel winning a Silver medal in the prestigious Orange County Fair Wine Competition. In March of 2005, Adobe Road brought home the gold, with the 2002 Pinot Noir winning a Gold Medal – Best of Class; the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon placing Silver and the 2002 Zinfandel receiving Bronze at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With the goal of producing exceptional wines by hand-crafting small lots of red varietals exclusively from Sonoma County, the Bucklers have dedicated themselves to seeing their vision through to reality, and the results are paying off.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, blend of two vineyards: 70% from Herrerias Vineyard in the Petaluma GAP and 30% from Durell Vineyard in Sonoma
Barrel Aging: 14 months in 100% French Oak
Release: July 2008
Bottled: May 29, 2008
Production: 1350 cases
Analysis: Alcohol 15.3%