Akane Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A disappointing Pinot Noir.

Producer/Winery: Brack Mountain Wine Company; Akane Wines; Sebastopol, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Sonoma County, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $18.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Asiago cheese and crackers.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear ruby color with a light red rim. Wimpy raspberry and Rose-of-Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) aromas (with strong alcohol on the first and second pours). Slightly sharp mouthfeel, off dry, light body and a 100-grit texture. Ripe raspberry and plum flavors with a little cotton candy after mid-palate, edgy acidity, nondescript tannins and a medium-length, slightly sharp, fruity finish. Aside from the fruity sweet taste it could be described as “not bad” Pinot Noir. We were having trouble getting it down until we ate large slices of Asiago cheese. Unfortunately this was not nearly as good as other California Pinot Noir wines we have been drinking and even though it was less expensive we were disappointed. It did mellow over time and the alcohol aroma disappeared on the third pour, but we called it a disappointing Pinot Noir. We wouldn’t recommend this one.

Brack Mountain Winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald
Photo from Brack Mountain Wine Company.
Comments: Learn more about Brack Mountain Wine Company and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 13.6%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 8 69307 00029 4

Imported by: Not applicable.