Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

9.3161 ratings
9.136 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.4

The best domestic PN in the price range, by a long mile. But don’t take my word for it. Tell me what’s better…
Merry Xmas, peeps!

The best domestic PN in the price range, by a long mile. But don’t take my word for it. Tell me what’s better…
Merry Xmas, peeps!

Dec 20th, 2021
Shay A
9.3

Upon opening, I was shocked at how much herbal funk there was, probably because I expected a ton of fruit to be evident. After 30mins, the funk faded and the fruit become more pronounced but certainly not overdone/extracted. Very pretty aromatics of mostly birch, raspberries, black cherries, and currant. The acidity was mellow at first but hit stride two hours in…vibrant, with cranberry, peppercorn crusted rhubarb, hint of cola and a great snap on the finish. Didn’t find any of that RM “orange peel” type note. A bit of a darker expression, which seems to be in a very good drinking window at the moment.

Upon opening, I was shocked at how much herbal funk there was, probably because I expected a ton of fruit to be evident. After 30mins, the funk faded and the fruit become more pronounced but certainly not overdone/extracted. Very pretty aromatics of mostly birch, raspberries, black cherries, and currant. The acidity was mellow at first but hit stride two hours in…vibrant, with cranberry, peppercorn crusted rhubarb, hint of cola and a great snap on the finish. Didn’t find any of that RM “orange peel” type note. A bit of a darker expression, which seems to be in a very good drinking window at the moment.

Oct 14th, 2021
Ron R
9.5

Loving this crunchy, textured, sublime pinot. So pure and crystalline. So much depth with a wealth of coffee notes, nutmeg, cinnamon and blue fruits. Still youthfully tannic. This is a double hold for sure. Stunning.

Loving this crunchy, textured, sublime pinot. So pure and crystalline. So much depth with a wealth of coffee notes, nutmeg, cinnamon and blue fruits. Still youthfully tannic. This is a double hold for sure. Stunning.

Aug 21st, 2021
Ron R
9.4

Wifey is out of commission, so to speak, so I had to hunt and provide. Locked in on jerk chicken with roasted veggies.
She wanted something light in the glass (relative to cab), so I opted for Aston. Nose presents cinnamon. Mid palate is gnarly, rustic and textured. Loads of barrel toast and a hint of tart cherries, with prominent acidity. Finish keeps going… we may have under clubbed our rating.

Wifey is out of commission, so to speak, so I had to hunt and provide. Locked in on jerk chicken with roasted veggies.
She wanted something light in the glass (relative to cab), so I opted for Aston. Nose presents cinnamon. Mid palate is gnarly, rustic and textured. Loads of barrel toast and a hint of tart cherries, with prominent acidity. Finish keeps going… we may have under clubbed our rating.

Jun 20th, 2021
Ron R
9.4

The label was soiled when I received the order. I was immediately concerned regarding the contents. Happily, the wine was in pristine nick. Forest floor and cinnamon nose transitioned to the signature gnarly, textured dark fruit, smoke, and spice box presentation. I’m going to hold some of these Astons and see what happens. Intro’d to this by @Bill Bender, this has become my fave Cali pinot. Every vintage comes correct.

The label was soiled when I received the order. I was immediately concerned regarding the contents. Happily, the wine was in pristine nick. Forest floor and cinnamon nose transitioned to the signature gnarly, textured dark fruit, smoke, and spice box presentation. I’m going to hold some of these Astons and see what happens. Intro’d to this by @Bill Bender, this has become my fave Cali pinot. Every vintage comes correct.

Jun 5th, 2021
Ron R
9.4

Nose is dominated by flowers and cinnamon. Palate displays coffee notes, sandalwood, smoke and star anise. Tannins are still prominent, as is the acidity. It’s so vibrant and textured. The finish just extends and expands. Another one of our domestic pinot faves.
I was thrilled to read in a recent WS article shared by a friend, that TRB has taken full ownership of this winery. He has a compelling vision for its future. Schrader inadvertently threw shade on this. That’s going to change going forward.

Nose is dominated by flowers and cinnamon. Palate displays coffee notes, sandalwood, smoke and star anise. Tannins are still prominent, as is the acidity. It’s so vibrant and textured. The finish just extends and expands. Another one of our domestic pinot faves.
I was thrilled to read in a recent WS article shared by a friend, that TRB has taken full ownership of this winery. He has a compelling vision for its future. Schrader inadvertently threw shade on this. That’s going to change going forward.

May 1st, 2021
Ron R
9.4

We love this for its gnarly presentation. Still fruit forward, presenting blueberries and blackberries. Big tannins intertwine with bright acidity and sweetness.
A reference point for Cali pinot in our minds. No signs of aging.

We love this for its gnarly presentation. Still fruit forward, presenting blueberries and blackberries. Big tannins intertwine with bright acidity and sweetness.
A reference point for Cali pinot in our minds. No signs of aging.

Dec 27th, 2020
Ron R
9.4

Coffee notes and sandalwood are prominent. Huge extraction, but extremely well done. We were put onto this by @Bill Bender, and we are eternally grateful for the share.

Coffee notes and sandalwood are prominent. Huge extraction, but extremely well done. We were put onto this by @Bill Bender, and we are eternally grateful for the share.

Jun 1st, 2020
Ron R
9.4

This pinot continues to grow on us.
Pleasant green notes combine with redwood and maraschino cherries. Presents a regal, gnarly texture on the palate, combined with a sexy sweetness. This is without doubt our pinot find over the last 12 months.

This pinot continues to grow on us.
Pleasant green notes combine with redwood and maraschino cherries. Presents a regal, gnarly texture on the palate, combined with a sexy sweetness. This is without doubt our pinot find over the last 12 months.

Mar 15th, 2020
Ron R
9.3

Big, but not brash. Untypical of pinot, but that’s what we enjoyed about this.
Ripe nose filled with smoke, charcoal and dense stone fruits. Extracted palate is almost flamboyant. Mid-palate displays sweet herbs and complex wood treatment. Finishes with cloves, and oddly, lavender. We love idiosyncratic juice like this.

Big, but not brash. Untypical of pinot, but that’s what we enjoyed about this.
Ripe nose filled with smoke, charcoal and dense stone fruits. Extracted palate is almost flamboyant. Mid-palate displays sweet herbs and complex wood treatment. Finishes with cloves, and oddly, lavender. We love idiosyncratic juice like this.

Jan 30th, 2020