Full Review

Corner 103

Corner 103
2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$50

Corner 103
2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherry chutney, crystalized ginger, caponata, and grilled peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied Pinot Noir best served with a thoughtful meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: spiced cherry chutney, crystalized ginger, caponata, and grilled peppers
Taste Flavor: spiced cherry chutney, crystalized ginger, caponata, and grilled peppers
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Cornish Hen, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A full-bodied Pinot Noir best served with a thoughtful meal.

The Producer

Corner 103

The Producer
103 W. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-931-6141

Their Portfolio

85 Corner 103 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $25.00.
88 Corner 103 2012 Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
84 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
95 Corner 103 2016 Grenache Blanc, Alexander Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
85 Corner 103 2015 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2014 Grenache, Russian River Valley 15.1% (USA) $40.00.
91 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
89 Corner 103 2016 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 Corner 103 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2016 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.6% (USA) $50.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Valley 13.1% (USA) $25.00.
92 Corner 103 2014 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2015 Vernaccia, Carneros 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
88 Corner 103 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
93 Corner 103 2015 Malbec, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $50.00.
94 Corner 103 2016 Syrah, Sonoma Mountain 15.5% (USA) $50.00.
81 Corner 103 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 14.8% (USA) $30.00.
86 Corner 103 2018 Rosé, Pinot Noir, North Coast 13.5% (USA) $25.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $50.00.
87 Corner 103 2017 Zinfandel, Sonoma Mountain 15.8% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2016 Vino Rosso, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $45.00.
89 Corner 103 2018 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Sonoma 14.7% (USA) $50.00.
91 Corner 103 2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.2% (USA) $40.00.
85 Corner 103 2018 Chardonnay, Carneros, Sonoma 13.8% (USA) $40.00.
88 Corner 103 2018 Marsanne Roussane, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $30.00.
83 Corner 103 2017 Corner Cuvée Red Blend, Sonoma County 14.6% (USA) $50.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.