Wine Advocate 93 points - I was blown away by the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate, a complex, intense effort from Chalk Hill’s estate vineyard called Trenton. It boasts a dark ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of violets, raspberries, blueberries and black cherries. It cuts a broad swath across the palate, and possesses a striking elegance as well as purity. Good acids buttress the wine’s richness, and its medium to full-bodied personality is impressive. Still primary and young, this beauty should age nicely for a decade or more.
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is medium ruby in color and displays expressive fruit aromas of dark cherry, truffle, espresso, dried cherries and incense. The palate is bright and full of cherry cola fruit with vanilla and oak undertones and a wonderful velvety texture. The finish on this Pinot is very long and detailed with softness and notes of maraschino cherry and oriental spice. A finesse wine that is a pleasure now and will be even better after a few years in the bottle!