Landmark Vineyards 2011 “Grand Detour” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Posted by Keith Wallace

First of all, kudos to Landmark Vineyards for the awesome update to their labeling. It’s a great leap backward, and I mean that in the best way possible.

This is a bittersweet vintage for Landmark. It was the year the winery was sold to Fiji Water for an undisclosed sum. Michael and Mary Colhoun sold it to Fiji largely because their children were not in the wine trade. This is the second family-owned winery that Fiji Water has purchased recently. (The first was Justin Winery of Paso Robles.)

Now for the wine review: Aromas of pine forest and spice rack are followed by an elegant palate. Soft and supple, the wine turns rich for a Pinot but still maintains a tight crisp cherry note at its core. A touch of cranberry turns into mocha in the finish—an ending note of fresh wildflowers and incense.

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