Radio Coteau Vineyard Russian River Valley
Eric Sussman established this operation in partnership with Bill and Joan Smith, former owners of LA JOTA and WH SMITH, producing fine Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Before venturing out on his own project Eric gained invaluable experience both in the States and elsewhere. Those he has worked for include Comte ARMANDE in Pommard, BONNY DOON and most recently, DEHLINGER where he shaped his knowledge and understanding of North Coast estate grown Pinot Noir. The wines are hand-made and advocating sustainable farming has been one of the key factors in establishing grower links. Pinot Noir is the main variety here. The Anderson Valley provides a fine Savoy Vineyard example. A hillside aspect and cool summer nights ensure a wine with piercing red berry fruit, great minerality and a firm structure. Cool Sonoma Coast is the source of the rich dark-berry fruited Terra Neuma which comes from biodynamically farmed vines. The wine possesses excellent acidity. La Neblina (Spanish for fog) differs in that it is from a blend of two vineyards. Full of dark-cherry fruit it is softer and more approachable. The Alberigi is full, dark and smoky and possesses a firm structure demanding of 3 or 4 years’ patience. Two additional Pinots are also released from the Laguna Vineyard in the Russian River and the Dierke Vineyard and Clos Platt Vineyards, both on the Sonoma Coast. Syrah from the Cherry Camp Vineyard is rich and full of dark berry fruit with sumptuous chocolatey undertones despite its cool climate origins. It is picked very late often in the beginning of November. A second Sonoma Coast Syrah is also released from the Dusty Lane Vineyard. Timbervine is sourced from elevated hillside plantings. Cooling breezes provide a fine structured mineral edge to the wine’s dark berry and roasted coffee fruit with subtle notes of black pepper. Las Colinas, like La Neblina, is a blend of cool climate sites and is characterised more by its elegance than its weight. Just one Zinfandel is produced which comes from the Radio Coteau Estate Vineyard Robert’s Block. Zin was originally sourced from Von Viedlich Vineyard and will be worth a try if you come across any. The range is completed by an elegant and very Burgundian styled Chardonnay from the Savoy Vineyard. Subtle citrus and mineral notes are underpinned by a rich leesy complexity on the palate. A Riesling also comes from the recently planted Platt Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. The wines deserve cellaring, particularly the top Syrahs. (DM)
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