When poured, our 2012 Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an inky ruby color in the glass. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes wild strawberry and dried tea leaves, with complicated nuances of Tahitian vanilla and violets. Sweet, supple and graceful in the mouth, the silky texture and lively tart raspberry flavors take shape on the palate. It expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves. This alluring wine, often seen as the ultimate food wine, is made to pair with a bevy of dishes. Try with vegetable bruschetta, or roast pork loin and morel mushrooms for a heartier meal. This wine is crafted from grapes sourced from two different Sonoma Coast sub-appellations; the Petaluma Gap and the Carneros region. The wind and the fog are the Petaluma Gap’s trademarks. Fruit from this cooler region adds depth and complexity to the finished wine, while the Carneros grapes add fleshy fruit notes that linger on the palate. The result of this cooler climate fruit sourcing is a finely balanced crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir that seamlessly marries food-friendly acidity with a smoothly seductive tannin structure.