Pinot Noir

Apr 102014
 
papapietro perryPapapietro Perry Pinot Noir 2011, Nunes Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $56 – Rating 92

An excellent Pinot Noir from a special vineyard. A deeply textured nose bursting with aromas of ripe cherry, spice and camp smoke. Medium-bodied with hints of jamminess, supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with a touch of pepper and spice. Subtle notes of cola in the finish. Buy This Wine

Mar 242014
 
C donatiello wineC. Donatiello Pinot Noir 2012, Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 – Rating 93

Another excellent Pinot Noir from this outstanding Russian River Valley vineyard. Aromas abound of cherry, blueberry, red fruit and earthy spices. A soft and round mouth-feel but in a leaner style with balanced acidity. Integrated flavors of red cherry and chocolate with notes of strawberry, raspberry and spice. Interesting hints of espresso in the long finish. Great as a food accompaniment or just to enjoy for its own sake. Buy This Wine

Mar 172014
 
Emeritus Pinot Noir 2011, Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley, CA, $42 – Rating 94

It seems that each year Emeritus Pinot Noir gets just a little bit better and the 2011 is no exception. This is a very balanced Pinot with enough richness to be interesting yet not overpowering or jammy. The nose is robust offering aromas of strawberry, raspberry, spice and leather. A soft mouth-feel with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. Well integrated flavors of cherry, ripe raspberry, ripe strawberry and a bit of blackberry and spice. A distinct minerality in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 252014
 
J Vineyards Pinot Noir -Misterra 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 93

Very exciting in it’s uniqueness. A blend of 90% Pinot Noir, 6% Pinotage and 4% Pinot Meunier that offers up some rustic old world impressions. Very expressive nose with aromas of blue fruit, ripe raspberry and forest floor. Lush on the palate with balanced acidity and flavors of blueberry, ripe strawberry, ripe raspberry and a hint of earthiness. Rustic notes on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 122014
 
2010 Mercy Vineyards Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco, CA $38(S) – Rating 90

An intriguing nose of strawberry pie enhanced with subtle notes of leather. Juicy yet balanced acidity with soft tannins. Strawberry, raspberry and red cherry are the predominate flavors with notes of cinnamon and earthiness as the wine opens up. Hints of milk chocolate in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 112014
 
2012 Masut Vineyard and Winery Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 91

A rewarding blend of Dijon clones 115(73%), 777(18%), and 113(9%) from third generation winemakers, Ben and Jake Fetzer. The nose is full-bodied with aromas of plum and strawberry pie with notes of ripe raspberry. Balanced with a very dark crimson color and juicy food pairing acidity. On the palate, flavors of dark cherry, raspberry tartness, oaky toast and strawberry with subtle notes of black pepper on the finish followed by hints of cinnamon. Buy This Wine

Jan 202014
 
2012 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, CA, $28 – Rating 90

A blend of Pinot Noir from six esteemed Russian River Valley vineyards, in some cases using whole berry fermentation. The nose entices with aromas of blueberry jam and a hint of campfire smoke. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity, this wine responds to a bit of decanting. Flavors of blueberry, cherry, cola and spice with subtle earthy notes. A touch of cinnamon and leather in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 202014
 
2011 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, $43 – Rating 91

Meticulous winemaking is Jamie Kutch’s hallmark.  25% whole clusters, 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, resting 10 months sur lie in a combination of 70%/30% new/used oak barrels. Enticing aromas of dark cherry pie with notes of leather and cinnamon spice. Mouthwatering acidity with deep flavors of dark cherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon and baking spice with hints of briar. Dark chocolate on the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jan 142014
 
2011 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

Hard to believe this is the initial winemaking effort from this renown vineyard used by many respected Pinot producers. Aromas of blueberry with hints of cinnamon and earthiness. Rich flavors red cherry, ripe strawberry and blueberry with subtle notes of terroir, brown and cinnamon spice. Soft on the palate with balanced acidity.  A touch of leather and espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine