A good twenty years ago industry leaders Fred Schrader, Chuck Sweeney, and Thomas Rivers Brown co-founded the Aston Estate on the coastal hill vineyards of the Sonoma Coast near the town of Annapolis. After Fred Schrader sold “Schrader Cellars” to a large conglomerate, Thomas RIvers Brown acquired the remaining shares of Aston Estate and is now the sole proprietor.
The vineyard is in its prime now, and will become one of the “must haves” from California. Thomas told me that this wine has a savage quality that yields a more significant, structured style Pinot Noir a la Burgundy.
Aston Estate 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
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Thomas Rivers Brown’s Notes: “2018 was a winegrower’s dream come true. We had every available advantage leading into harvest and ample hang time for the fruit to fully mature. While still made up of all Estate fruit, this bottling comes from its own block in the vineyard. The result in the glass is a balanced, expressive Pinot Noir that resonates with all the hallmark notes of the Estate vineyard. The wine displays a red-purple hue in the glass. Aromas suggest blackberry jam, cranberry, plum, orange pith, and nutmeg. The sleek, structured palate resonates with notes of raspberry, pomegranate pulp, river rock, and lavender. This wine possesses vivacious energy and shows extremely well today.”