Domaine Romanée Conti meets Sonoma Coast: 2018 Vivier Pinot Noir [$37]

Friday, March 5, 2021


The pinnacle of Pinot Noir is Burgundy. The pinnacle of Burgundy is Domaine Romanée Conti ("DRC") where prices easily reach $1,000+ per bottle and far beyond. 

Aubert de Villaine of DRC starts up Hyde de Villaine in Sonoma and taps Stéphane Vivier as winemaker. Stéphane Vivier starts up his own label, Vivier Wines, and here we go...

12.8% Alcohol

Looks a little unfiltered at first, but once it settles down presents itself as an elegant medium-light bodied Pinot Noir.

The strength here is on the nose, where it's undeniably beautiful in a very special way. Perfume, rose petals, fresh strawberries, and an impressive clean stretch of the freshest produce.

Finishes clean and pure. Tremendously satisfying at this low alcohol level.

91/100 WWP: Oustanding

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Bottom Line

Here's an example that Wine Access does more than full-throttled NDA Napa Cabs.

I'm a sucker for a good mashup, and here's one of classic winemaking overlayed upon new world sensibilities. It's all here. Give this one a look if you're looking for a full-flavor, low-alcohol look into Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.


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