Single Vineyard Estate
Pinot Noirs from California’s
"True" Sonoma Coast
Handcrafted by Winemaker
Thomas Rivers Brown.

2012 Aston Estate Pinot Noir
2012 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clones 115, 667, and 777
Cooperage: Ermitage, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 10 months (50% new)

“One for the record books!” -- That was the resounding cry from growers and vintners alike when talking about the magnificent 2012 harvest on California’s "True" Sonoma Coast.

The 2012 growing season was truly idyllic, a perfect mixture of warm sunny days tempered by maritime fog provided incredible conditions that, when coupled with the relatively small amount of rain late in the season, allowed us to harvest the optimally ripened clusters at our leisure. The quality and quantity of wine produced from the "True" Sonoma Coast in 2012 is going to go down in history as a benchmark vintage. Denser than previous vintages, the 2012 Aston Estate Pinot Noir is similar to the 2009 vintage with more red fruit characteristics giving it great balance.

Impressive from first pour, our 2012 Aston Estate Pinot Noir dazzles with its seductive deep garnet color and silken texture. The wine offers abundant aromas of ripe fruit including red currants, wild red berries, and black cherries. Focusing on the always-elegant Dijon clones, this Pinot Noir is fruit-driven with a soft smokiness and sweet smell of night-bloom jasmine. The creamy texture and refreshing acidity create an incredibly pleasurable mouth feel that leads to a long and satisfying finish. Spectacularly approachable at such a young age the 2012 Aston Estate will continue to develop in the coming years.
 

Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator
"Marked by a trim, earth-laced cranberry and wild berry core, this is fresh and snappy, with vivid, gripping, gravelly tannins and good length. Expansive on the finish."

aston estate pinot noir

20011 Aston Estate Pinot Noir
2011 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clones 115, 667, and 777
Cooperage: Ermitage, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 10 months (50% new)
Profile: With a decade of experience in the estate, the exceptional pedigree of the Aston Estate vineyard continues to thrill and impress us. As the vines mature year after year, they consistently deliver fruit with amazing richness and complexity and produce a wine that is a masterful expression of California's "True" Sonoma Coast.

The cool weather of the 2011 vintage provided ideal conditions for growing on the Sonoma Coast. 2011 Aston Estate Pinot displays a provocative mélange of raspberries, red currants and strawberries with allspice, white pepper and clove spice notes. True to past vintages, hints of mandarin peel and sweet herbs are complemented by lush floral flavors of rose petal and gardenia with a creamy vanilla panna cotta undertone and an intriguing minerality unique to the estate's soil. Deep garnet in color, this beautiful wine carries multidimensional layers with a balanced and bright acidity and rich meaty texture. It's intensely rich concentration and density are plush on the palate and supported by a long, supple finish.

Once again, we give thanks to our rock star team of vineyard Manager Ulises Valdez and Winemaker Thomas Rivers brown who have brought forward another spectacular wine that represents the finest this vineyard and vintage had to offer.

Comments from Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate — Rated 94
"The 2011 Pinot Noir Aston Estate is gorgeous. Sweet red berries, hard candy, crushed flowers, spices and tobacco are some of the many notes that are woven into this attractive, floral Pinot. The 2011 offers an attractive combination of minerality and that distinctive expression of fruit that is so typical of the Sonoma coast. This is a gorgeous effort."

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2010 Aston Estate Pinot Noir
2010 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clones 115, 667, and 777
Cooperage: Cadus, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 11 months
Profile: Stunningly rich and complex with voluminous fruit aromas and flavors, tremendous body and silky mouthfeel, this wine is the epitome of New World Pinot Noir. Handcrafted from grapes grown on our prime site in the heart of California's "True" Sonoma Coast, the 2010 Aston Estate brilliantly delivers on the promise of this spectacular vineyard estate.

Deep garnet in color, the wine opens with a mesmerizing flavor cadre of super-ripe red cherries, briar berries and freshly harvested plums that carry through from start to satisfying finish. The lavish and abundant fruit characters are complemented by gorgeous accents of mandarin peel, rose petal and sweet herbs. Provocative notes of loamy earth and toasted spice interwoven with an alluring thread of vanilla cream beautifully enhance the lush, smooth texture of the wine. Full-bodied and immensely satisfying, this is a truly delicious, complete wine with great natural acidity, prodigious weight and fine balance.

Thanks to our stellar team of Vineyard Manager Ulises Valdez and Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown who have brought forward another distinguished wine that represents the finest the vineyard and vintage had to offer.

Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator — Rated 93
"Offers great intensity, richness and range of flavor, built around wild berry, raspberry and blackberry, ending with loamy richness and notes of crushed rock and black licorice."

Comments from Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate — Rated 92
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Aston Estate flows from the glass with sweet red cherries, crushed flowers, spices and sweet herbs.  It shows terrific density and richness in its texture, with layers of fruit that build nicely towards the deep, fleshy finish.  This is a beautifully balanced wine."

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2009 Aston Estate Pinot Noir
2009 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clones 115, 667, and 777
Cooperage: Cadus, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 11 months
Profile: This remarkable and profound wine amply delivers on the brilliant promise of our estate vineyard in the heart of California’s “True” Sonoma Coast. Handcrafted by the superstar team of Vineyard Manager Ulises Valdez and Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, the 2009 Aston Estate Pinot Noir copiously honors its prestigious pedigree. Super-lush and abundant, the wine is distinguished by a heady and intense mélange of ripe fruit and spice aromatics supported by deep, luxurious flavors, and stunning complexity.

Upon entry, the wine explodes with ultra-ripe red fruit character interlaced with threads of seductive briar and black stone fruit and complemented with enticing notes of roasted cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweet anise. Bright sparks of sweet citrus peel and orange pekoe complement the generous fruit core. On the palate, the wine offers an immensely satisfying experience that is pure velvet — smooth and supple, and balanced with fine acidity and great structure.

Truly, this noteworthy vineyard has come into its own and brought forward an astonishing harvest, and, partnered with Thomas’ great talent, has produced a world-class Pinot Noir with classic Burgundian finesse and lusty Sonoma Coast abundance. Quite honestly, this wine blows us away.

Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator — Rated 94
"Ripe and juicy, with black cherry, wild berry, cola and raspberry character. Full-bodied, deep and complex, ending with a pretty burst of floral scents and a medley of berry flavors that firm up nicely. Best from 2010 through 2020."

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2007 Aston Estate Pinot Noir Clone 115 / 667
2007 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Clone 115 / 667
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clones 115 and 667
Cooperage: Cadus, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 11 months
Profile: This richly flavored Pinot Noir offers a mesmerizing blend of provocative Burgundian style aromatics woven with bright, ripe red fruit characters and flavors enhanced by notes of sweet earth and spice. On the palate, the texture is silky smooth and complete. The balanced complement of clones delivers a Pinot experience that is elegant and pure and beautifully expresses the range of this remarkable vineyard.

Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator — Rated 91

"Firm, compact and full-bodied, with loamy earth, anise, sage and tart sour cherry and wild raspberry notes delivered on a tight beam. Gains depth and complexity on the finish."

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2007 Aston Estate Pinot Noir Clone 777
2007 ASTON ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Clone 777
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Blend: Clone 777
Cooperage: Cadus, François Freres, Remond
French oak barrels
Barrel Aging: On average, 11 months
Profile: Lush and lavishly fruit-forward, this abundant 100% clone 777 Pinot Noir offers an indulgent wallop of Sonoma Coast Pinot character. The extravagant and alluring aromatics are packed with ripe red and black fruit aromas that carry through to layers of bright cherry and briar fruit flavors. The intense fruit components are beautifully balanced by rich, creamy texture and a long satisfying finish.

Comments from James Laube, Wine Spectator — Rated 93

"Rich and sophisticated, this is firm, tight and focused on a core of red berry, wild berry and sour cherry fruit that's intense, concentrated, complex and long on the finish, with great length and structure."

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