Aug 292012
2010 Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA  $35 (S) – Rating 90

A rather ripe Pinot offering a nose of rich dark fruit and black cherry with hints of saddle leather and tobacco box. Give this wine a little decanter time. Once open, flavors of dark cherry, ripe plum, espresso and forest floor are integrated with notes of earthiness, bright acidity and supple tannins. Buy This Wine

Aug 092012
2009 Chamisal Vineyards Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled, Edna Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 89

A subtle wine with a nose of  spicy cherry, raspberry and saddle leather. Well integrated flavors of cherry, red fruit and plum.  Soft notes of leather, spice and espresso add complexity. Zippy acidity creates real food pairing potential. Buy This Wine

Jun 212012
2010 Freeman Vineyard & Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, CA, $42 (S) – Rating 92

A very focused and delicious Pinot that opens with a nose of cherry pie. Give this wine a little time and it will reward with well integrated flavors of  strawberry jam, plum, bing cherry and strawberry with a long spicy finish.  Jammy on the front yet crisp acidity on the finish. Interesting complexity. Buy This Wine