Pinot Noir

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

Jan 142014
2012 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, $40 (S) – Rating 94

A very complex Pinot Noir that held my attention. A deeply rich nose of blueberry, blackberry and campfire smoke. A lush mouth-feel with food-pairing acidity (I preferred to contemplate it on its own). Developed flavors of black cherry and blueberry with a touch of earthiness. Notes of ripe raspberry and cola in the long finish. Very small production at a good price. Buy this Wine while you can.