5 Top-Rated Wines from Sonoma

In the latest Issue of The Wine Advocate, editor-in-chief Lisa Perrotti-Brown scours her home turf, tasting with Sonoma County Vintners. “Part one of my Sonoma report includes a bevy of great wines, mainly from the 2015 and 2016 vintages,” she says. 

Part Two of her report will be released at the end of June. In the meantime, take a gander at the five top-rated wines from the area, all rated 96 points and higher. 

“The palate is big alright, very rich and very full-bodied, sporting 16.7% alcohol, but forget all that—it totally seduces you in the mouth with soft, sultry tannins and plenty of freshness giving poise to all the rich, spicy, multilayered fruit, finishing epically long and wonderfully perfumed.”

“The medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Blue Slide Ridge gives a totally seductive spice cake, incense and rose water-laced nose over a core of Black Forest cake, crushed black cherries and mulberries with a waft of dusty soil and truffles.”

“Medium-bodied, it has a very fine-grained, firm texture and oodles of freshness, packed with red and black berry flavors and finishing multilayered.”

“Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Three Sisters Vineyard offers up sexy rose petal, baking spices and potpourri over notes of stewed plums, kirsch and cranberry sauce.”

“The palate is super intense, medium-bodied with bags of earthy red berry layers and a firm, grainy texture plus a racy backbone, finishing with profound layers.”

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