Full Review

Abrupt Vineyards

Abrupt Vineyards
2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60

Abrupt Vineyards
2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of carob, tobacco, chocolate-covered cherries, and ripe plums with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish revealing notes of toffee, toast, and allspice with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, chewy Pinot Noir with style and class.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: carob, tobacco, chocolate-covered cherries, and ripe plums
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of toffee, toast, and allspice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A heavily oaked, chewy Pinot Noir with style and class.

The Producer

Plata Wine Partners

The Producer
855 Bordeaux Way, Suite 100
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-261-8740

Their Portfolio

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91 Abrupt Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $60.00.
85 Buttercream 2019 Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
87 Butterfly Fields 2021 Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $11.00.
90 Crossways Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
85 Crossways Winery 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
86 Dark Cherrycream 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey 13.8% (USA) $13.00.
88 Dekreme 2022 Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine, Monterey County 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Dekreme 2022 Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendocino County 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 High Roller 2021 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
89 High Roller 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
88 Laurel Cellars 2021 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 14.2% (USA) $12.00.
85 Laurel Cellars 2021 Chardonnay, Monterey County 14% (USA) $11.00.
86 Member’s Mark 2021 Private Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 13.9% (USA) $8.00.
87 Member’s Mark 2020 Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.00.
89 Member’s Mark 2021 Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $17.00.
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BR Sea Wave Wines 2020 Rosé, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
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BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Sea Wave Wines 2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
87 Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
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88 Seven Rings 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
87 Seven Rings 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
90 Seven Rings 2020 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $21.00.
94 Seven Rings 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
94 Seven Rings 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
88 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
89 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
86 Smith & Elliott 2021 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $15.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2020 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $16.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $26.00.
90 Smith & Elliott 2022 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14.1% (USA) $15.00.
89 Sundry 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $16.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
87 Thirty Degrees 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $34.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2019 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
90 Tributus 2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $44.00.
89 Tributus 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
93 True Oak Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.00.
89 True Oak Estate 2020 Red Blend, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $34.00.
93 True Oak Estate 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
94 True Oak Estate 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $28.00.
89 True Oak Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $66.00.
90 True Oak Vineyards 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $56.00.
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88 Verada 2019 Chardonnay, Tri-County 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
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85 Verada 2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Tri-County 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
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85 Wellsley Farms 2021 Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $6.00.

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.