2016 Boars' View Pinot Noir

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2016 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Boars' View Estate
Sonoma Coast
100% Pinot Noir
Calera, Mt. Eden and Swan Clones
10 months in a mix of François Frères, Remond, and Ermitage French oak barrels [ 50% new ]
Thomas Rivers Brown

The 2016 vintage was a return to a more fruitful crop load at the vineyard, while still maintaining small compact cluster size for maximizing skin-to-juice ratio and produced a dark, nuanced, and complex wine. In the glass the 2016 Boars’ View displays a reddish-purple hue. Layered aromatic notes of clove, plum reduction, baking spices, and pine needles complement the fruit forward core. The wine shows a medium palate weight with both delicate and dark notes of finely ground dark chocolate, raspberry compote, anise, lavender oil, and lilac. There is just enough finely integrated tannin and acid to keep the wine structured, leading to an expansive, lingering finish. — Thomas Brown


The temperate winter of 2016 gave an early start to the growing season and a warmer than normal spring provided the ideal conditions for an even fruit set. The subsequent temperatures during the summer were also even and without any drama, which is exactly what every winemaker hopes for each vintage. The fruit was allowed to ripen slowly and fully develop, as Thomas says “from top to bottom”. The moderate weather towards the end of the summer afforded more hang time on the vines and the opportunity to select the best possible harvest date. The crop was among the most beautifully ripened berries we have seen in our history on the Coast, and showed immense character and wonderful depth of flavors.


The Boars’ View vineyard is ideally situated well above the fog belt of the pacific coast on a gentle sloping cornice that enjoys optimal sun exposure. Temperate maritime conditions protect the vineyard from winter’s chill and offer natural cooling from the summer’s heat. The result is a very early bud-break followed by a long and moderate growing season. The vineyard is comprised of three distinct soils, predominantly Goldridge Loam perfectly suited to Pinot Noir, threads of pebbly gravel, and a small section of coastal clay ideal for growing Chardonnay.

Critical Praise 

Rated 94 pts. Moving to the reds, the 2016 Pinot Noir The Coast is drinking beautifully today and offers a complex bouquet of mint laced black cherries, clove, and cinnamon as well as some classic California conifer tree notes. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity of fruit and great balance, drink it over the coming 7-8 years or so.

— Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com