Cosentino Blockheadia Ringnos II Top of the Block Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
By Marco DiGuilio
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Cosentino Blockheadia Ringnos II(roman numeral 2) Top of the Block Sonoma Coast 2012 Pinot Noir
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Sonoma Coast
2012 is a wonderful vintage and this is the best Sonoma Coast Pinot I have sampled of Cosentino’s Blockheadia Pinot Noir. Kudos to winemaker Marco DiGuilio who has quite a history in wine country including Napa cult winery Lokoyo. It’s made in a consumer friendly style with accessible and generous lush fruit. This micro production Pinot has a ruby red hue. Fresh aromas of pleasant red fruit including wild strawberries and cherries with touches of blueberry and raspberry cream. This is an engaging Pinot Noir with pleasing flavors including raspberry, dark cherry, pomegranate, cranberry and cola, with white tea and cinnamon. Pair with Pork chops and apple sauce, grilled salmon, Long Island Duckling in a bing cherry sauce, and chicken dishes. Enjoy now and over the next several years.
By Vintage Wine Estates
Blockheadia Ringnosii Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
Wine Technical Data: 14.40% Alcohol, 0.63 g/100ml TA, 3.62 pH, Dry
Case Information: 1,300 cases released 9/10/13
Marco DiGiulio. After graduating with a degree in Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis, Marco has made wine for Buena Vista Winery, Pine Ridge Winery, Atlas Peak Vineyards, and Pezzi King Vineyards. With the 1995 harvest, Marco became the Winemaker at Pepi Winery in Oakville and also took charge of the Lokoya brand. It was at Lokoya that Marco’s reputation for making world-class wines was first established when his 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon received a remarkable 98 points in the Wine Spectator. With wines consistently scoring in the 90’s among top critics, Wine Spectator named Marco DiGiulio "one of Napa’s leading wine consultants" in November, 2007. His wealth of experience and love of winemaking enables him to craft the finest wines from across the varying California terroirs.
Wine Taste Profile
On the nose this wine exhibits textbook Pinot Noir characters, with a balance of red fruit and earth driven aromas. Medium-bodied mouth feel coupled with cola and red fruit flavors leading to a finish of fresh blackberry and spicy anise. A food friendly finish with well integrated tannins.
The 2012 California North Coast Pinot Noir harvest was a stroke of great fortune following two consecutive years of small crops and hit-or-miss quality. The 2012 vintage is benefitting from abundance as well as great flavor, a rare combination. Normal harvest timelines and bountiful sunshine led to ripe and concentrated fruit. The 2012 Pinot Noir grapes came out of the vineyards with amazing fruit intensity and classic varietal tones of strawberry and spices.
The Sonoma Coast, known for producing thicker skinned Pinot Noir grapes that yield richer colors and phenolics than most other growing environments. Tight vine spacing on Thomas and Bella vineyards within a stone’s throw of Tomales Bay, planted to Dijon clones supply the flavor packed grapes for this wine. Southern facing hillsides benefiting from steep solar angels in the spring push heat and energy into the vines to help combat the harsher Sonoma Coast climate.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.