Pinot Noir

Jul 282013
2011 Dancing Coyote Wines Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Clarksburg, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 89

An easy drinking Pinot Noir at an excellent price. A bright nose of cherry, blackberry, raspberry with notes of spice and leather. Medium bodied and fruit forward with soft tannins combined with flavors of cherry, plum and spice with balanced acidity. Enticing hints of leather in the finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2011 Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 91

An interestingly complex Pinot Noir with an earthy nose of cherry, raspberry, plum and spice with notes of blueberry. French oak aging creates a medium-bodied Pinot with supple tannins with flavors of dark cherry, rhubarb, plum, minerality and brown spice. Juicy acidity offers many food pairing possibilities. Cherry and leather in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 212013
2011 St. Rose Vineyard & Winery Nunes Vineyard-Block Ten Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 93

A Pinot lover’s Pinot Noir. Very small production…only 72 cases. This hand-crafted medium-bodied Pinot offers a wonderful bouquet of aromas including notes of raspberry, strawberry and blackberry with hints of saddle leather and spice. Absolutely delicious on the palate with bright fruit flavors cherry, plum, ripe raspberry red berries and spice. Nicely structured with supple tannins and juicy acidity. Lots of inciting spice in the log finish. It’s worth a call to get this artisan Pinot before its gone. Buy This Wine

Jul 182013
2010 HKG  Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley, Twin Corners, CA, $24 (S) – Rating  91

A bigger style yet delicious of Pinot Noir that delivers aromas of dark cherry with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. A silky mouth-feel with balanced tannins and acidity. Fruit forward flavors of dark cherry, dark fruit, dark chocolate (a reoccurring dark flavor theme) with a touch of brown spice. A touch of saddle leather in the long finish. Buy this Wine

Jul 182013
2012 Meiomi Belle Glos Pinot Noir, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties CA, $22 (S) – Rating 91

This Pinot Noir blends grapes from California’s premier Pinot growing regions, 51% Monterey County, 28% Santa Barbara County & 21% Sonoma County. A very rich and plush mouth-feel with fully ripe berry flavors. This beauty needs at least 15 minutes to open to its full potential. The opening act is an appealing nose of blackberry, blueberry and spice. The palate is then treated to a wine with balanced acidity offering flavors of blueberry, blackberry and dark cherry with notes of spice and cola on the long finish. As it opens, subtle notes reminiscent of blueberry pie entice. Buy This Wine