Review: 2015 Sosie Roussanne and Pinot Noir
Sosie means “twin” or “lookalike” in French, and it’s an apt name for this Sonoma-based winery, which focuses on French varietals and “old world wine making” techniques. Wines are made with no additives and minimal sulfur, attempting to focus as fully on the terroir and the grapes themselves.
Here’s a look at two fresh releases from Sosie, both from the 2015(!) vintage.
2015 Sosie Roussanne Vivio Vineyard Bennett Valley – This Sonoma-born roussanne — an extreme rarity, with less than 400 acres grown in all of California — is a true oddity. Lightly green up front, the wine evolves to show notes of graham cracker and butterscotch, then segues into a slightly sour area, where notes of gooseberry, unripe lemon, and lime zest all find purchase. An exotic — and, in my home, polarizing — wine, with a heavy floral finish. A- / $38
2015 Sosie Pinot Noir Spring Hill Vineyard – Quite a delight. Bright red fruit melds with hints of pepper, leather, and a spray of spices before fading longingly into a lush, silky finish that alternately evokes notes of fresh flowers and blackberry brambles. Really quite enchanting, with a depth of flavor that is unexpected. A- / $43