Pinot Noir

Mar 202012
2009 J Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90

A well-balanced and medium-bodied Pinot Noir with ripe fruit flavors of dark cherry, raspberry and strawberry highlighted with notes of spice, black tea, cocoa and hints of oaky vanilla. Supple and unobtrusive tannins add complexity.

Mar 192012
2009 MacPhail Family Wines Wildcat Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA, $49 (S) – Rating 93

James MacPhail is a master of big, rich Pinot Noir and this beauty from MacPhail Family Wines is no exception. Ripe and round flavors of cherry, raspberry, red berries are complimented with hints of oak, spice and minerality with just a touch of fruit sweetness. I shared this wine with a friend who said “I just don’t get Pinots”…he does now!

Feb 202012

Wine BlogOn our recent trip to northern Sonoma we were graciously hosted by VML Winery . We arrived on a sunny 65 degree Saturday to a winery boasting beautiful gardens, decks that begged you to take a seat and enjoy a glass of wine, live music in the tasting room and barbeque. This Texas girl was already happy.  I understand that there is barbeque and live music every Saturday creating a relaxed almost party atmosphere. Continue reading »