A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2018 Eutopia Pinot Noir

The second installment of our Eutopia Pinot Noir is an ode to the agrarian utopia that is the West Sonoma Coast, with its picture-perfect, postcard-sized vineyards, winding country lanes, apple orchards and cool, coastal breezes. Like the 2017, the 2018 is a blend of three vineyard sites that collectively epitomize the character of this area. It is aromatically intense, as is the case in all of our '18s, with deep raspberry and cherry fruit, darjeeling tea, spicebox, sandalwood and vanilla notes. Lithe and supple, with a resoundingly elegant texture and the kind of length that lets you know it will age gracefully, this wine lives up to its inspiration.

  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • A blend of blue chip West Sonoma Coast vineyards
  • Silver Eagle, Rice-Spivak and a mystery vineyard
  • Native yeast fermentation
  • Unracked, on lees for 11 months
  • Aged in 40% new French oak
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 234 cases produced
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Pinot Noir Eutopia sashays out of glass with notions of lavender, bouquet garni, mossy tree bark and forest floor over a core of Bing cherries, redcurrants and black raspberries. The medium-bodied palate is super intense, delivering loads of tightly wound red fruit and earthy layers with a refreshing backbone and fine-grained texture, finishing long and savory.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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The Wine Advocate
November 5, 2020
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94+
points
The 2018 Pinot Noir Eutopia comes from a handful of sites on the Sonoma Coast and is a Côte de Beaune look-alike with its forest floor, sweet green herb, flower, and new leather aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, complex, elegant Pinot Noir is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years or so.
Jeb Dunnuck
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JebDunnuck.Com
January 2021
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94
points
Powerful and well-structured, with a lithe blend of dried cherry and berry flavors that feature notes of forest floor. Shows sanguine and hot stone hints on the finish, with accents of tea and cola. Drink now through 2025.
Kim Marcus
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Wine Spectator
December 30, 2020
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93
points