Pinot Noir

Jul 082014
 
Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91

Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Benedetti Vineyard 2012A gold medal winner at the North of the Gate Wine Competition. Aromas of cherry and strawberry with hints of raspberry and spice. The wine is highlighted by a round mouth-feel, soft tannins and balanced acidity. The palate is treated to flavors of blueberry, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, a little leather and spice with hints of dark chocolate on finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jul 082014
 
MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011, Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA $49 (S) – Rating 93

MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2011Give this beauty a little time to open up in a decanter and you will be well rewarded. A well-rounded bouquet of dark red fruit, stewed cherries and spice. Medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity which is easily enjoyed solo or as a versatile food pairer. On the palate, notes of  cherry, pomegranate, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry. Quite spicy on long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 042014
 
Thralls Family Cellars Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

Thralls Family Cellars Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012A fruit forward Pinot with a full mouth-feel and balanced acidity. Aromas of red cherry, rhubarb and a hint of cola. The palate is rewarded with a kaleidoscope of bright red cherry, strawberry, raspberry, brown spice and just a touch of white pepper. Subtle notes of cherry pie on the finish. Give this wine at least 30 minutes to open to full potential. Buy This Wine

Jul 022014
 
Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 89

Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011Napa is not known as a Pinot growing region but this Pinot works. A nose of cherry, blackberry offering hints of cola and smoke. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and mild acidity. Full fruit with flavors of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, dusty dark chocolate combine with a a complex earthiness.  Just a hint of smokiness in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

Jun 172014
 
J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 92

A richer style of Pinot Noir showing off a nose of cherry and raspberry with notes of mocha and smoke. Subtle tannins and combined with bright acidity and a lush mouth-feel. On the palate, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. A pleasant hint of espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

May 202014
 
Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir Fratti Lane 2012Russian River Vineyards Pinot Noir, Fratti Lane 2012, Russian River Valley, CA $55 (S) – Rating 91

An expressive single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Green Valley section of the Russian River Valley. Rich aromas of red berry, blueberry and raspberry with hints of mocha and espresso. Soft tannins and mouth-feel yet still holding on to some crisp acidity. Well integrated flavors of cherry, raspberry and a little rhubarb. Espresso on the long finish. Only 50 cases made. Buy This Wine

 

May 202014
 
MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012MacPhail Family Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012, Sonoma Coast, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 92

A delicious blend of eight single vineyard pedigree wines. An excellent example of why the Sonoma Coast is garnering Pinot accolades. A robust nose of red and black cherry complimented by ripe strawberry and brown spice. A truly elegant mouth-feel with crisp acidity and supple tannins. Rich flavors of cherry, ripe strawberry, pepper, brown spice and hints of dark chocolate. Notes of cherry and espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine

 

May 052014
 
St. Rose Pinot Noir Ten Block 2012St. Rose Pinot Noir Ten Block 2012, Nunes Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 92

A real treat of a Pinot made by Fred Nunes in his small winery at the vineyard. Grapes from Nunes Vineyard are used by a number of renown wineries in their single vineyard offerings. This wine is named for the block within the vineyard where these grapes are grown. Aromas of cherry, ripe raspberry and ripe strawberry with hints of chocolate. A full round mouth-feel with excellent acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, oaky vanilla and strawberry with a bit of spicy chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine

 

May 052014
 
Flowers Pinot Noir 2012Flowers Pinot Noir 2012, Sonoma Coast, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 91

A Pinot that pops. Aromas of cherry, ripe strawberry, rhubarb and brow spice. Luxurious on the palate, supple tannins with balanced acidity. Integrated flavors of dark cherry, rhubarb, strawberry and brown spice. Hints of cola in the finish. 11 months on French oak – 25% new. Buy This Wine

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