10th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges

10th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges
Scores: Women Judges Bang for Your Buck
Scores: Men Judges
Scores: Men Judges Bang for Your Buck
Blanc de Noirs and Brut Rosés

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

Alysian 2008 Allen-Rochioli Blocks Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00

159 cases produced
(95) Blue
Male: Boysenberry, rhubarb pie, rose petals, vanilla, cherries, strawberries, cola, and white pepper… a very complex nose. Raspberry, cinnamon, cedar, smoky strawberry compote…and that just begins to define the palate. Excellent mouth feel. Long, long finish. Would love to pair this with a myriad of foods. Incredible aging potential. This is a baby just starting to show it’s stuff.
Louis Roederer 2006 Brut Rose Champagne
Champagne, $70.00

cases produced
(95)
Male: What style and grace! Spiced cherry and apricot aromas are embraced by classic fresh baked bread. “Wow!” Great texture showing complex lighter red fruit and hints of baking spice flavors. Perfectly balanced with a precise finish.
Barbed Oak Vineyard 2009 ZARA’S BLOCK Barbed Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley, $29.00

246 cases produced
(94) Brown
Male: Lots of fruit, cola, and dark berry aromas. Toasty notes accent the beautiful cherry core. The finish is long…”This 2009 Odyssey takes you for a long ride.” Big jammy fruit that never seems to end. “This is what New World Pinot should be.”
Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Soul Patch Pinot Noir
Russian River, $42.00

525 cases produced
(94) Aqua Marine
Male: Great color gradation in the glass. The classic and layered Pinot Noir nose shows bright strawberry, cola, plum, cinnamon, other brown baking spices, cedar, vanilla, violets, and crazy as it sounds, a touch of pumpkin. Layered and complex on the palate. Bright refreshing red fruit, black cherry, earthiness, herbs, and cola. Great acidity.Long finish. Perfect pH. Pretty. Should age well.
Gosset Grand Reserve Brut Rose
Champagne, $75.00

(94)
Male: Rich aromatics of spiced cherry and raspberry. This wine has a gracious texture loaded with complex fruit and spice on the palate and is carried effortlessly through the precise finish.
Schramsberg 2008 Blanc de Noirs
North Coast, $38.00

12,750 cases produced
(94)
Male: Well crafted! Aromas of cherry are surrounded by hints of apple and ripe pear. The palate is packed with delicious fruit and a lees component. The finish is bright and crisp.
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Brut Rose
Carneros, $42.00

2470 cases produced
(93)
Male: Aromatics of baked bread, strawberry jam and a hint of truffle lead you to flavors of strawberry and medium red fruit. There are distinct citrus notes all leading to the well tailored finish that lingers but is very precise with its freshness and balance.
Alysian 2008 River Block Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River, $65.00

233 cases produced
(92)
Male: The dark purple garnet color is very youthful. Plum, raspberry, jam, and forest herbs arise from the glass. A very young wine with a firm structure. There is a great deal of fruit bundled up here but it emerges on the finish which also shows good acid and tannin. Great balance.
Archery Summit 2009 Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $48

560 cases produced
(92)
Male: “A very classy wine.” Deep rich cherry on the nose accented with a kick of orange peel and Asian spices. Intense style of concentrated fruit – both sweet and sour cherry flavors, big tannins, and nicely integrated oak. A bit of leather on the well-defined lingering finish. Should age nicely.
Bonneau 2009 Sangiacomo Vineyards Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $34.00

300 cases produced
(92) Light Blue
Male: The wine is vibrant in the glass. Dark garnet purple in color. Baking spices, red and black cherry, dried herbs, and rhubarb on the nose. Definitely California-style Pinot Noir. Big fruit showing red and black plum, cherry, and baking spices through the mid-palate into a complex finish of herb, strong fruit, crisp acidity, and oak.
Bouchaine Vineyards 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, $35

8704 cases produced
(92)
Male: Nice cherry, cola, lavender, and smoke notes in the glass. As it opens, there are hints of fig, forest floor, cigar box, and slate. Tasty. Excellent acidity. Good texture. Balanced and complex.
Elkhorn Peak 2008 Elkhorn Peak Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $34.00

500 cases produced
(92) Lime Green
Male: Spicy berry, vanilla, oak, and cherry aromas. Dark strawberry and mushroom flavors accented with earthiness. Elegant. Serve this with roasted duck breast.
En Garde 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00

80 cases produced
(92) Dark Blue
Male: Cherry and sweet spice aromas open to plum, anise and cranberry flavors. The lovely fruit and spice is accented by toasty notes. Juicy on the finish with some lovely violet notes.
Estancia Estates 2008 Reserve Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $30.99

5000 cases produced
(92) Burgundy
Male: Dark cherry, cigar box, leather, green tea, dark earth, strawberry, vanilla, and cherry aromas. “Wow!” Dusty and earthy with red fruit and cola opening. Very smooth on the palate. Ripe red and black fruit but not too ripe. Silky tannins. Finishes with rhubarb and cola. “This will age beautifully”
Grey Stack Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley, $30.00

175 cases produced
(92) Beige
Male: The nose is yummy. Wild strawberry and cola with a lush and juicy marshmallowy palate. Delicious! Great finish! Soft tannins and juicy acidity. “Smokin’!”
Laetitia 2009 Brut De Noirs
Arroyo Grande Valley, $28.00

230 cases produced
(92)
Male: Straw colored with a light salmon hue. Aromas of dried fruit comprised of cherry and apricot with some lovely toasted honeysuckle. Very well proportioned with its crisp finish.
Leucadia Red 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River, $25.00

700 cases produced
(92) Gold
Male: Aromas of sugar cookies, cherry and cranberry replicate on the palate. Nice firm structure with moderate oak. Great flavors. Surprisingly well-balanced.
RN ESTATE 2009 Kruse Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $48.00

125 cases produced
(92) Pumpkin
Male: Dried cherry, cranberry, and violets in the nose. Nice package! Great flavors, mouth feel, and finish. Well-balanced. Very alive with a great expression of spice.
Roederer Estate Brut Rose
Anderson Valley, $30.00

(92)
Male: Light rose in color with a nice floral character to the nose. Strawberry with lighter vanilla notes on the palate. Nicely structured with a lovely, crisp finish.
Sea Fog 2007 Blanc de Noirs
Sonoma Coast, $32.00

cases produced
(92)
Male: A lively nose of fresh strawberry and green apple. Red fruit flavors are surrounded by a generous creamy texture. Well balanced with bright acidity that should allow this to age for years.
Alysian 2008 Crossroads Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00

160 cases produced
(91)
Male: Vanilla, red plum and strawberry on the nose. Excellent mouth feel. Cherry and hints of orange zest throughout. Light tannin balanced with lovely acid on the finish. Good food wine.
Anderson Oaks Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $30.00

162 cases produced
(91)
Male: Cherries, cola, cedar, and lavender aromas … “Pretty!” Flavors of raspberry, cherries and cinnamon expand from front to back. Great balance. Great finish.
Angeline 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $16.00

6000 cases produced
(91) Pink
Male: Beautiful oak and floral character on the nose with cherry and cola coming in as the wine opens. Strawberry, rhubarb, pomegranate, and bacon on the palate. Crisp acid. Soft tannins. Well-balanced. Great finish.
Baldassari Family Wines 2009 Pinot Noir
Yorkville Highlands, $30.00

130 cases produced
(91)
Male: Sapphire in color. Dark black fruit, Bing cherry and licorice aromas are replicated on the lush and opulent palate. Good acidity in the middle. Nice attack, good grip and a lingering finish.
Bargetto 2009 Reserve Regan Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00

184 cases produced
(91) Deep Purple
Male: Exotic aromas and flavors. Red cherry aromas accented by marshmallow, pine forest, and vanilla notes. The flavors replicate on entry broadening to include a strawberry cream note and pink peppercorn accents. Well-balanced. Good concentration. A good example of delicacy in wine making.
Bohemian Vineyard 2009 Estate Bohemian Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley/Freestone, $45.00

300 cases produced
(91)
Male: Very pretty and complex nose of dried berries, tea, rose petals, tobacco, wild game, and mushrooms. The palate is layered. Good length and nice acids. Really well balanced.
Brassfield Estate Winery 2010 Estate Bottled High Serenity Ranch Pinot Noir
High Valley, $22.00

4116 cases produced
(91)
Male: Leather and spice aromas lead to a tart cherry opening that broadens to Bing cherry and is accented by cinnamon and baking spices. Soft texture with floral notes kicking in through the finish.
Canihan 2009 Estate Canihan Family Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Carneros, $49.99

550 cases produced
(91)
Male: Sweet oak over cherry and coffee in the nose. Very rich and complex adding licorice, spice and clove to the expected cherry and coffee flavors. Balanced finish.
Castello di Amorosa 2010 Pinot Nero
Santa Lucia Highlands, $36.00

1151 cases produced
(91)
Male: Blueberry, chocolate, rosemary, and boysenberry jam on the nose. The palate reflects the aromas with the addition of cedar, leather and vanilla notes. Velvety. Great mouthfeel. Well-balanced.
Craigie Knowe Vineyards 2010 Cranbrook Cricket Pitch Pinot Noir
East Coast, Tasmania, $65.00

2000 cases produced
(91)
Male: Bright and vibrant aromas displaying fresh cherry, clove, cola, and forest floor. Fruity strawberry and rhubarb flavors on the palate. Very even and balanced.
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Amity – Eola Hills, Willamette Valley, $42.00

79 cases produced
(91)
Male: Subtle understated aromatics are very inviting. Cherry pie and a vibrant, minerality defines the overall wine finishing with light chalky tannins.
Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Starr Ridge Pinot Noir
Russian River, $42.00

225 cases produced
(91) Red
Male: The pretty cherry and blackberry nose lead to a jammy focused palate with a great mouth feel and finish. Very youthful wine. I look for this to be a stunner in the future.
Domaine Carneros 2008 Brut Rose
Carneros, $36.00

(91)
Male: A very well made wine showing the grace of apparent longer tirage and highlighted by a spiced strawberry with citrus flavors.
Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs
California, $22.00

(91)
Male: Lovely aromas of red fruit and light lees showcase this wines depth of fruit flavors. Very alive on the palate with a nice balance of fruit and acidity.
Dunstan Wines 2009 Estate Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $50.00

229 cases produced
(91) Turquoise
Male: Sapphire in color with a nose of bright cherry and leather. Lush and savory with a clean middle. Excellent balance and good attack on the palate. Clean finish.
Fess Parker 2009 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00

200 cases produced
(91) Khaki
Male: Dark and rich looking in the glass. Low pitched cherry nose accented with smoke and cherry cola. Lush cherry fruit over the mid-palate with a bold zesty finish. Silky mouth feel.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Carneros, $20.00

(91)
Male: An elegant combination of fruit and yeasty lees combine with strawberry and brioche flavors with a touch of orange peel. Finishes with crisp acidity and lingering fruit flavors.
Gloria Ferrer 2008 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $22.00

14433 cases produced
(91) Magenta
Male: The classic Carneros nose shows red fruit, earth, mushrooms, and Asian spices. Strawberry jam, black cherries and licorice flavors. Good acidity. Smooth and well-balanced finishing with earthy red fruit notes.
Gruet Rose Brut
Lower Rio Grande Valley, $13.75

(91)
Male: The inviting aromatics tell me this was crafted and aged over an extended period. The palate is broad showing strawberry and cherry. The finish is crisp and dry. Nice!
Hahn SLH Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $35.00

5000 cases produced
(91)
Male: Deep ruby/garnet color in the glass. The nose is pure red fruit, mostly raspberry but also some cherry. The palate is full and ripe with the red raspberry and darker berries. Cola and subtle earth notes embrace the fruit. Silky and lovely with beautiful acids.
Hearthstone 2009 Estate Hearthstone Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $38.00

100 cases produced
(91)
Male: Caramel, raspberry, cola, cherry cola, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and earth notes arise from the glass. The palate is soft and creamy with red fruit jam and green tea accents. The lingering finish is enhanced by herbs de Provence and anise back notes.
HKG 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00

860 cases produced
(91)
Male: There is a pleasant cinnamon overtone on nose and all the way through to the finish. Bright cherry and strawberry aromas beneath the cinnamon. Sweet cherry and strawberry with some toasty notes. A seamless wine. Dialed in acid and nice mouth feel make this a winner.
HKG 2009 Estate Bridge Selection Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00

450 cases produced
(91) Dark Red
Male: Black cherry, ginger and pronounced lovely floral aromatics. Strawberry on entry with tart cherry notes mid-palate. Crisp finish with a hint of sweet spices.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2008 Enz Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lime Kiln Valley, $60.00

159 cases produced
(91) Green
Male: Plum, bright cherry, strawberry, mint, and vanilla aromas. Sweet and tart cherry, raspberry jam, black cherries, and strawberry with some nice toast notes. Dense fruit on the palate. Good finish.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Garey Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $48.00

116 cases produced
(91) Periwinkle
Male: A vibrant wine. The intense strawberry nose follows through onto the palate with a bit of whole berry character. Soft tannins. Firm structure with a long finish. The oak notes are subtle and well integrated.
Laetitia 2009 Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00

1200 cases produced
(91) Black
Male: Sweet red fruit on the nose showing cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb notes. Cherry, black tea, and pastry with a touch, smoke, mid-palate. Long finish showing balanced acidity and toast.
Laetitia 2007 Les Galets Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00

250 cases produced
(91)
Male: Lots of forest, blackberries, hints of tar, olives, and mushrooms in the glass. Dried cranberries, lavender, cherries, and tea leaves upon opening. Intriguing. The palate is many layered with orange peel as an added bonus. Good tannins and acidity.
Lazy Creek Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00

800 cases produced
(91) White
Male: Well defined fruit in the glass…cherry, strawberry, cola, and hints of lavender and earth. Classic structure. The wine is consistent from the nose through the finish. Subtle mineral spice notes enhance the lovely red fruit flavors. The finish is long and complex. Great integration of fruit and oak.
Lucienne 2009 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $49.99

647 cases produced
(91)
Male: Ripe cherry and raspberry aromas. Beautiful flavors of red cherry, Santa Rosa plums, vanilla, and light baking spice elements. Deft wine making pulls together this lovely, balanced wine.
Mahoney Vineyards 2009 Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00

275 cases produced
(91)
Male: Aromas of cool and ripe black and red fruit with toasty notes, black cherry, and savory herbs. Chocolate cherries, cola, and raspberry jam flavors. Big mouth feel. Balanced tannins. Long and lingering finish.
Mahoney Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $25.00

1500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Nice, but muted cherry with some dusty notes at first. The nose opens to cherry, cola and berry aromas that repeat on the palate. Rich and lush fruit with subtle oak. Hints of soft leather, cigar box and blueberry enter mid-palate. Nice lingering finish with touches of chocolate and truffle.
Mark West 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $15.00

5600 cases produced
(91)
Male: Nose of cherry pie, vanilla, cola, and light toast. Subtle lively palate of stone fruit, cherry and spice. Gets spicier and opens up as the wine opens. Lovely mouth feel. Much more than the nose hinted. Well integrated acids. Silky texture. Cherry vanilla finish. Very nice structure.
Martin Ray Winery 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $40.00

1500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Chinese incense and sweet cherry greet you. Sweet and sour cherry flavors explode on your palate. Intense and focused. Young, but with out the flaws of youth. Good length. A crowd pleaser.
Morris Ranch 2009 Middle Block Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $48.00

266 cases produced
(91) Dusty Rose
Male: Aromas of toasty oak, red fruit and vanilla are nicely balanced with a pleasant earthiness. Red, blue and black fruit is beautifully integrated with oak and cola on the palate. Silky with a remarkable elegance.
Mumm Napa Brut Rose
Napa Valley, $24.00

(91)
Male: This is all about the Pinot Noir side of the equation in both aromas and flavors. Strawberry with lighter black cherry flavors are framed by a nicely balanced finish.
Orsi Papale 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River, $35.00

250 cases produced
(91) Smoke
Male: Rich fresh cherry on the nose laced with lavender, cedar, mint, milk chocolate, and wet soil – “very heady stuff. Complex aromatics-you could smell this all day and, with new descriptors popping up.” Seamless oak notes. Velvety texture. Superb length.
Per Bacco Cellars 2007 Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $30.00

470 cases produced
(91) Blue Green
Male: The color is big and powerful showing deep extraction. Aromatics are layered with boysenberry pie, blackberry, raspberry, red currant, and some smoky notes with oak and vanilla back notes. Ripe blackberry ripe fruit flavors with toast and interesting citrus notes. Juicy fruit with mocha notes showing through on the earthy finish.
Petite Abeille 2009 Petite Abeille Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00

235 cases produced
(91) Salmon
Male: Cherry, soy, strawberry, cola, and forest floor in the nose. Strawberry jam cinnamon spice that lingers on the palate. Very nice! Complex and layered.
Phantom Rivers Wine 2009 Estate Mar Vista Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $35.00

44 cases produced
(91) Bronze
Male: In the glass, the wine shows a light medium opaque center with a pink ruby rim. The nose is jammy with currant and cherry. There is also moderate oak – young and interesting. Great mouth feel with strong ripe fruit competing well with the big oak. Super flavor profile. Very well-balanced.
Rosehall Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
VQA Prince Edward County, $39.00

280 cases produced
(91)
Male: Dry maple leaves on the nose with a faint hint of smoke. Pure elegance on the palate. Beautiful finish.
SCV 2009 Freestone Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00

650 cases produced
(91)
Male: Cigar aromatics – cedar and tobacco with a rich and dense core of plummy fruit. Bright cherry flavors on entry moving to a pleasant tart red fruit finish with nice acidity. Velvety texture. A lush and fruity style wine with balance.
Sharp Cellars 2009 Keenan’s Cove Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $48.00

75 cases produced
(91) Dark Green
Male: A classic Sonoma Coast nose showing forest floor, raspberries and vanilla. The palate is silky smooth displaying raspberry, fig and gingerbread notes. Great mouth feel. Wonderful finish with light spice.
Solomon Hills 2008 Solomon Hills Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $57.00

150 cases produced
(91) Orchid
Male: Sweet cinnamon, baking spices, violets, and red fruit in the glass. Cinnamon and red raspberry are pervasive on the palate. Expanding and then expanding some more yet the wine retains its fine grained femininity.
Stephen’s 2008 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $38.00

150 cases produced
(91) Gray
Male: The nose is closed at first then opens to lovely complex spices with a slight marzipan aged character peaking through. Opens further to display forest floor notes. Dried cherries, cola, and berry flavors. Very lush and long!
Styring 2008 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, $35.00

240 cases produced
(91) Gunmetal
Male: Light ruby in color with clear edges. The nose is elegant showing bright and tart red fruit, unsweetened cola, light toast, rose hips, and earth. Great mouthfeel with juicy acidity highlighting the black and red fruit. Nice citrus peel and cola in the pretty finish.
Villa Mt Eden 2009 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $23.00

3500 cases produced
(91)
Male: Beautiful clear crimson in the glass. Strawberries, fennel, briar, and tar in the nose. The opening is rich and effusive. Good attack with a definitive profile and purity of fruit. A complex wine with a long and round finish.
Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $19.99

26000 cases produced
(91) Tan
Male: Light aromatics of black tea. Cassis and more black tea on the palate. Excellent structure… Expansive and long.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Wetzel Family Estate Pinot Noir
Alexander Valley, $27.00

1779 cases produced
(90)
Male: Cherry nose. Subtle mineral notes on the palate with the addition of interesting cinnamon notes. Silky texture, earthy on the long and elegant finish.
Alysian 2008 West Block Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00

201 cases produced
(90)
Male: Cherry aromas. Soft red berry flavors expand in the mouth. Lasting finish with beautiful acid.
Amity Vineyards 2009 Amity Estate Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $35.00

241 cases produced
(90)
Male: Ripe black fruit aromas on opening joined by mushroom notes. The palate is consistent and complex. Smoky notes and lovely spice on the finish.
Ampelos Cellars 2007 Barrel Select Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $45.00

450 cases produced
(90)
Male: Strawberry jam, black cherry, root beer float, and cedar aromatics. Very expensive mouth feel propelling excellent length. Palate is pleasing with big finish.
Ampelos Cellars 2008 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $35.00

220 cases produced
(90)
Male: Vanilla bean, violets, beautiful cherry, and a hint of cola on the nose. Dark cherry with hints of fennel, toasted nuts and bread in the mouth. Nicely balanced wine. Hints of mineral and mushroom on the defined finish. Will age well.
Angeline 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Mendocino-Santa Barbara Counties, $16.00

45000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Muted cherry nose with a rich velvety mouth showing nice elegant cherry fruit. The wine is silky smooth with light earth tones that show through on the finish.
Bargetto 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $25.00

408 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas show nice oak with jammy currants, ncedar and vanilla back notes. Super mouth feel and finish. Great flavors.
Barney & Kel 2007 Pinot Noir
Russian River, $28.00

50 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is pretty showing cherry, herbs, mushrooms, earth, and a hint of eucalyptus. Juicy rhubarb and cola flavors. Very smooth and full in the mouth. Silky tannins on the spicy cola finish.
Bouchaine Vineyards 2009 Reserve, Paul Gee Vineyards, Dry Farmed Estate Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, $60

165 cases produced
(90)
Male: Oak and berry nose. Sour cherry, oak, tea, and tar on palate. Fun finish. “Big wine, a showoff! Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a bottle.”
Bouchaine Vineyards 2009 Estate, Reserve Pinot Meunier
Los Carneros, $40

190 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pretty plum color that moves to a pink rim. Black tea, rhubarb pie and orange peel on the nose lead to a beautiful soft palate with solid tannins.
Cape Lookout 2009 Russell-Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton, $30.00

768 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark fruit, plum, currant, cherry, wood spice, and baking spices on the nose. Nice entry of plum and currant. Dusty with herb accents mid-palate. Gentle spice and oak show through and enhance the tannin on the finish.
Castoro Cellars 2009 Estate Blind Faith Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $22.95

1193 cases produced
(90)
Male: Intense black cherry and black berry aromas with a toasty back note. The palate reflects the nose with black cherry flavors enhanced with a lovely smokiness. I’m thinking grilled salmon here.
Claiborne & Churchill 2009 Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $26.00

2462 cases produced
(90)
Male: Garnet color in the glass. Sweet Bing cherry, vanilla and a touch of bubblegum in the nose. The opening is light, almost Beaujolais-like. Good acidity. Great structure. Good depth. Lingering finish.
Coghlan Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $47.00

316 cases produced
(90) Hot Pink
Male: Pretty blackberry and violets on the nose. Sweet oak and cedar notes on the palate. Friendly with a great mouth feel. Extracted. Very nice.
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2009 Rumba Pinot Noir Cuvee
Amity – Eola Hills, Willamette Valley, $21.00

600 cases produced
(90)
Male: Rose petal, strawberry, cherry, cigar box, and watermelon aromas repeat on entry, opening to bright plum with integrated minerality. Hints of licorice and lavender enhance the experience. Complex and balanced.
D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2009 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00

398 cases produced
(90)
Male: The floral nose leads to flavors of cherry, rhubarb, leather, and oak flavors through the finish.
D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2008 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00

700 cases produced
(90)
Male: Lush and velvety. Cherry and baking spices from start to finish. Perfect structure, texture and intensity.
Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Horseshoe Bend Pinot Noir
Russian River, $42.00

225 cases produced
(90)
Male: Red currant, cherry and plums with a velvet mouth feel. Nice wine!
Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir Rose
North Coast, $30.00

(90)
Male: Longer aging is apparent in the color which shows the well developed red fruit and a lovely ripe strawberry character.
Domenico 2008 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $35.00

331 cases produced
(90)
Male: Vanilla over rhubarb aromas. Soft and silky on the palate. Plum and orange peel on the mid-palate. Vibrant, well structured with a long finish. A real star!
Double Bond 2009 Wolff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00

375 cases produced
(90) Lilac
Male: Very ripe cherry and tobacco aromas up front with spicy notes of cardamom and ginger. The aromas replicate on the palate. Soft tannins with a hint of cola, mushroom and soy on the warm spicy finish.
Erath 2009 Prince Hill Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $45.00

542 cases produced
(90) Coral
Male: Aromas are a blend of red fruit and spiced peaches. Classic structure. Light tannins. Sandalwood, cinnamon and lavender undertones on the long finish.
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery 2009 Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $46.00

1147 cases produced
(90)
Male: Light cinnamon, raspberry, mint, and violet aromas. Raspberry and black cherry flavors. The palate is velvety. Great acid. Well-balanced.
Fess Parker 2009 Ashleys Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $50.00

1257 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromatics are rich and layered showing ripe, dark fruit, cherry, vanilla bean, cookie dough, and tea. The palate is broad and fruity with cherry, cola, and tea broadening to encompass blueberry flavors. Rich mouth. Nice!
Fontes & Phillips Wines 2008 La Encantada Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $52.00

250 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nose of smoke, cherry, black tea, lavender, pepper, and cedar. The palate shows black cherry, cinnamon, violets, and cedar. Fruity with pleasant tannins and good acid. Well balanced.
Freixenet Elyssia Brut Pinot Noir
Cava, Spain, $18.00

2480 cases produced
(90)
Male: Riper strawberry notes with lemon peel on the nose are followed by a solid red fruit core which balances nicely with just enough zesty acidity on the finish.
Gioia 2009 Los Alamos Vineyard & Garey Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $38.00

75 cases produced
(90)
Male: Light ruby in color with an orange rim and light medium center. The nose is delicate showing floral notes with strawberry, meadow spices and herbs. Strawberry, cherry, confectionery sugar, and herb flavors on entry through to a balanced lingering finish.
Graton Ridge Cellars 2009 Estate Paul Family Vineyards Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $50.00

144 cases produced
(90)
Male: Black cherry, coffee and baking spice aromas. Dark cherry, red plum, blackberry flavors. Coffee, cinnamon and cloves round out the palate finishing with nice acidity.
Graton Ridge Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00

313 cases produced
(90)
Male: Cherry and floral aromas lead to a palate lush with red fruit. Baking spices and vanilla join mid-palate to create a wine of depth and character.
Grey Stack Cellars 2009 The Fisherman Four Brothers Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley, $39.00

100 cases produced
(90) Purple
Male: Deep sapphire color in the glass. Beautiful oak nose with full jammy aromas of cherry and blackberry. Lush, full mouth. Super flavors. Dense and extracted.
Gruet 2009 Pinot Noir
Lower Rio Grande Valley, $18.00

(90)
Male: Lush fruit flavors of black cherry and blueberry with lovely violet accents. Gorgeous fruit on the mid-palate.The flavors are enhanced by light Earth and truffle accents. Light tannins. Firm acidity.
Guglielmo Private Reserve 2009 Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Monterey, $35.00

222 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark hued in color. Cooked strawberry and earthy notes in the glass. Light red fruit flavors on opening. Darker red fruit mid and vanilla notes late. Creamy texture.
Hahn Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Monterey, $12.00

50000 cases produced
(90)
Male: The aromas are ripe and rich showing concentrated red raspberry and black cherry. The fruit is delivered onto the palate where it is joined by a myriad on other red, blue, and black fruit flavors. Exotic spice elements mid and earthy elements late make this a very interesting and desirable wine. Nice acidity completes the package. “Obviously a cool climate wine.”
Harlow Ridge 2010 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $10.99

12500 cases produced
(90) Orange
Male: Blueberry, peppermint, strawberry, caramel, and sandalwood opening through the finish. Good acid. Good weight.
Heart O’ The Mountain 2008 Estate, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountain, $48.00

307 cases produced
(90)
Male: Orange peel, tea and nutmeg aromas lead to an intensely focused sweet cherry palate with a faint glow of orange and spice. The front palate’s departure from the nose is what makes this one interesting.
Heart O’ The Mountain 2008 Six Sixty Seven Clone, Single Vineyard, Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $52.00

40 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of plum jam, cherry, strawberry, baking spices, and smoky cedar. The palate confirms the nose with attractive lavender, and herbs de Provence to wrap up the package. Rich mouth feel. Silky. Solid tannins.
Heron Wines 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $13.99

13000 cases produced
(90)
Male: The aromas and flavors are in perfect balance showing ripe strawberries, red raspberries and black cherry balanced with nice spice elements and earth notes. Well crafted.
James Family Cellars 2009 Estate Stony Point Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00

450 cases produced
(90)
Male: Well-defined and balanced. Aromas of fruit, spice, and earth. Spice and cherry combine with young tannins that soften on finish.
Kendric Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir
Marin County, $35.00

360 cases produced
(90)
Male: Very Burgundian in appearance, light in color with beautiful clarity. The nose is many layered showing citrus blossom, blueberry jam, herbs de Provence, and white pepper. The palate reflects the aromas with the addition of red cherry, red currant, and orange peel. Nice!
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2008 Santa Maria Cuvee Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00

(90)
Male: Nose of plums and mint. Palate shows dark fruit with black pepper and mocha accents. Good grip. High acid and youthful tannins.
Ketcham Estate 2009 Ketcham Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00

189 cases produced
(90)
Male: Strawberry, cherry, dark plum, oak with a touch of nuttiness, mushroom, and light earth on the nose. The aromas replicate nicely on the palate with clove, spice, strawberry, chocolate, mushroom, and a dusty character mid-palate into the finish which shows nice acid, chocolate, and oak.
Laetitia 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $25.00

20000 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is very appealing with raspberry and cranberry at first opening to black cherry and some lovely spice notes. The palate follows the nose perfectly with some floral notes creeping in mid and a touch of sour cherry late. Smooth and delightful with nice acid on the finish.
Laurier 2007 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, $19.99

1500 cases produced
(90) Mint Green
Male: Really nice rich nose! Fascinating variety of aromas and flavors…strawberry, rhubarb, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, bubblegum, and a touch of earth. Vibrant acidity. “It comes at you like a pointillist painting, but the whole is pleasing.”
Leucadia Red 2009 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $20.00

700 cases produced
(90)
Male: Straightforward. Good cherry and sugar cookies in the nose and in the mouth. “A bargain if it’s under $25.00”
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Goodchild High 9 Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $30.00

504 cases produced
(90)
Male: Lots of vanilla on the nose. Ripe and extracted cherry and cola flavors. Silky texture. Soft tannins. Crisp finish. Easy to drink.
Lucas & Lewellen 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $20.00

3986 cases produced
(90)
Male: Intense layers of candied cherry, rhubarb, cocoa powder, mulberry, and dried spices on nose. Strawberry, cherry, rhubarb, mushroom, and meadow herbs show on the complex palate with a smooth complex finish.
Mahoney Vineyards 2008 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00

200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Roasted coffee, toasty oak – these two aromas and flavors are fairly strong. The light and dark fruit is in the background but that’s okay because it is such an interesting wine.
Mark West 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00

4100 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of cherry, cola, strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, and a touch oak. Very soft fruit flavors with a delicate touch of clove and spice. Nicely balanced. Pleasant.
Martin Ray Winery 2010 2010 Martin Ray Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00

2500 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is tight nose but then opens to cherry, black tea and rose petal aromas. The palate flavors are cherry, cola, vanilla, and some lovely toast elements. Nice texture.
McIntyre Vineyards 2009 Estate Block 3 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $46.00

87 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of dark plum and currants, earthy dried herbs, and a light twang on the edge of the nose. Modern style with deep plum and currant flavors. Nice herbal notes on the finish. “I love the structure and mouthfeel.”
McIntyre Vineyards 2009 Estate SLH Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $36.00

196 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nose of cherry and cola. The palate reflects the aromas with the interesting addition of cedar notes. The tannins kick in mid to late. Pleasant acidity.
Morris Ranch 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $48.00

240 cases produced
(90)
Male: Raspberry, orange peel and a pine cone forest aromas. Cranberry and raspberry, dried cherries, and cinnamon stick flavors. Tastes like fall.
Orentano 2006 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00

1500 cases produced
(90) Light Yellow
Male: Light in color. Dried cherry and sandalwood aromas deliver dried cherry flavors at the core surrounded with oak elements. The finish is good and long. “Obviously a wine with some age but it’s still holding up well. It’s delicious!”
Orentano 2008 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00

400 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose is tight, opening on aeration to reveal mushrooms, blackberries and leather. The palate is expansive and vibrant showing red and black fruit with minor notes of spices. The tannins are well integrated. cherry. Well made.
Pacific Coast Vineyards 2008 Babcock Vineyards Pinot Noir
STA. Rita Hills, $50.00

200 cases produced
(90)
Male: Clove, strawberry, oak, and spice on the nose. Cherry, strawberry, clove, chocolate, and oak show through in this nicely moderated modern style with a lovely smooth finish.
Picket Fence 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $17.99

12000 cases produced
(90)
Male: Crimson in color with light ruby orange rim. Herbs, cherry and red plum with clove and white pepper spice back notes on the nose. Good mix of ripe fruit and lush oak from entry into a smooth finish.
Portalupi 2009 il Meglio Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $46.00

250 cases produced
(90) Brick
Male: The nose is faint with some cranberry and juniper notes. Simple strawberry and cranberry on the palate, but with excellent length. The wine has nice definition. “Sometimes a light touch is the right touch.”
Reynolds Family Winery 2008 Corotto Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, $45.00

1001 cases produced
(90)
Male: Lighter style of Pinot Noir. “Carneros?” Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas touched with cinnamon in the glass. The palate is consistent with vanilla notes on the long finish. Bright and crisp acid make this a lovely wine to complement grilled chicken or salmon.
RN ESTATE 2009 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $49.00

270 cases produced
(90)
Male: Beautiful cherry-cola flavors and aromas with great acid balance. Some pleasant sweet tart and forest floor character on the palate. Burgundian in style.
RN ESTATE 2010 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $49.00

240 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of cherries enhanced with floral accents. The palate is elegant showing dark cherries with spice notes through the long finish.
Roads End 2009 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $45.00

288 cases produced
(90)
Male: The nose immediately hints of Burgundy (Beaune). Wet stone and violets. Smells like whole cluster fermentation. Tart, then sweet red fruit, then tart again, then a long finish melding those two elements. Palate says” Burgundy” too. Very food friendly.
Schug 2008 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00

228 cases produced
(90)
Male: Initial nose is a bit dirty. That blows off to reveal forest floor and cherry. The palate shows well integrated oak on the silky textured palate. Mouthwatering finish.
Segura Viudas Aria Brut Pinot Noir
Cava, Spain, $12.00

850 cases produced
(90)
Male: A deep rose color with a slight orange tint. Rhubarb and cherry aromas lead to a palate framed by red fruit and slightly sweet cranberry. A well balanced long finish
Sequana Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00

2350 cases produced
(90)
Male: Interesting nose. One of our judges found “mashed potato” as the first note, then cranberry, cherry, forest floor, and lovely oak aromas. Nice entry with smooth oak and good cherry highlighted by dried herbs. A very refined finish. Balanced.
Seven Devils 2009 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $20.00

1440 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nice aromatics of red plums, cherries, and cinnamon. Cherries and blackberry on the palate. Medium tannins. Good balance.
Spy Valley 2010 Marlborough Pinot Noir
Waihopai Valley, $26.99

13000 cases produced
(90) Peach
Male: Reserved nose of dried cranberry, mushroom, soy, and dark herbs. Expansive palate of sweet cherry, tart cranberry and cinnamon. Oak enters mid-palate and enhances the full flavor through the lengthy finish.
Tondre 2009 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands

??? cases produced
(90) Yellow
Male: Dark cherry, chocolate, and raspberry pie with cedar notes on the nose. The palate is complete and pleasing. Delicate and velvety. Great finish. Pork loin with plum sauce the perfect complement.
TR Elliott 2008 Three Plumes Hallberg Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00

139 cases produced
(90) Wedgewood
Male: The nose is tight at first but then opens and shows light fruit with tart cranberry and cedar notes. The flavors are restrained. The palate is linear, then an expansion of acid on the palate. Nice focus and structure. Nicely balanced.
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery 2001 Blanc de Noirs
Southeastern New England, $30.00

245 cases produced
(90)
Male: A rich almost golden hue to the color translates instantly to the advanced development found in the nose. Aromas of caramel and toast combine with lighter red fruit and ripe apple. The bright finish that lingers pleasantly.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 O’Brien Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $100.00

92 cases produced
(90)
Male: Black cherry and red currant on the initial aromatic. Big juicy core. Complex front and spice finish.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Tall Poppy Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $65.00

386 cases produced
(90)
Male: Earth and forest floor aromas. Soft and deft treatment of fruit and oak. Balanced and lovely.

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Anderson Oaks 2009 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $30.00

160 cases produced
(89)
Male: Lovely aromas of cherry, strawberry jam and a hint of rose. Sweet cherry jam with hints of vanilla and black tea on the palate. Nice finish.
B.R. Cohn 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00

1300 cases produced
(89)
Male: Red and black fruit with vanilla and caramel on the nose. Lush in the mouth with a lasting finish.
Beauregard Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Ben Lomond, $40.00

390 cases produced
(89)
Male: Nice cherry and black cherry nose with a background of cinnamon and clove. Silky texture. A small hollow spot on the mid-palate but comes on strong through the finish which is long and spicy.
Castoro Cellars 2010 Estate Blind Faith Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $22.95

1005 cases produced
(89)
Male: Smoky notes envelope the dark and red fruit aromas. The palate is consistent. Very young showing lots of grape and oak tannins. Lay this baby down for 6-12 months and you will be rewarded.
Ceja Vineyards 2008 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00

1000 cases produced
(89)
Male: This very youthful wine has a shy nose. Cherry, plum, cherry, and strawberry begin to show with aeration. The palate displays red fruit with cocoa and root beer peeping through on the finish.
Claiborne & Churchill 2009 Twin Creeks Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $36.00

248 cases produced
(89)
Male: Toasted marshmallow, black pepper and sweet rhubarb aromas replicate on the palate with pillowy tannins and a hint of strawberry on the end.
Cline Cellars 2009 Cool Climate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $17.99

5329 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose is tight at first opening to red berries with vanilla and baking spice. The palate opens slowly too revealing red fruit enhanced with earth notes. A lovely mineral edge creeps in on the finish.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants Pinot Noir
American, $37.99

504 cases produced
(89)
Male: Simple and straight forward cherry fruit with cinnamon back notes. Good structure. On the palate there is cherry, cola, cinnamon, and other baking spices. A really powerful wine.
Coquelicot 2009 Kick On Ranch Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $29.00

400 cases produced
(89)
Male: The slightly muted nose displays raspberry, cherry, cedar, and pencil box notes. Dark intense black and red fruit flavors are accented by black pepper and anise. Good acidity. Balanced and friendly.
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Amity – Eola Hills, Willamette Valley, $30.00

500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cherry, cedar, hints of rhubarb, and rosehips aromatics. Fruity on opening with cherry cola kicking in late. Gentle tannins.
Dancing Coyote Wines 2010 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Clarksburg, California, $12.99

1274 cases produced
(89)
Male: Raspberry and vanilla notes on the nose lead to spice, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry flavors. Nice oak integration. Very interesting.
Double Bond 2008 Wolff Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00

370 cases produced
(89)
Male: Strawberry, clove, green herb, cherry liqueur, and baking spice on the nose. Nice balanced entry of intense strawberry, cherry and dried meadow herbs. Fruity finish. Pleasant.
Erath 2009 Estate Selection Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $34.00

6300 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dried fruit and herbs on the nose. Hints of vanilla and earth with sweet fruit flavors. Nice mouthfeel with pleasant tannins.
Fore Front 2010 Pinot Noir
California ~ 63% Edna Valley, 34% Santa Barbara, 3% Sonoma, $24

1500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Plum and red currant aromatics. Broad and complex, the palate displays black cherry, leather, cedar, orange peel, and cinnamon. The finish is elegant.
Fortunati Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap), $36.00

270 cases produced
(89)
Male: An intriguing wine. Layered aromas of plum, potpourri, Bing cherry, and fennel pollen.The palate is full displaying rich Bing cherry flavors enhanced with baking spices and a touch of sassafras.
Gloria Ferrer 2006 Gravel Knob Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00

319 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose is closed at first but opens to rhubarb jam, red fruit compote and dried raisins. The flavors are reflective of the nose. The mid-palate is soft with some nice acidity on the finish.
Heart O’ The Mountain 2008 Triple Seven Clone, Single Vineyard, Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $52.00

40 cases produced
(89)
Male: Very ripe cherry/berry on the nose. Big ripe fruit with hints of coconut in the mouth. Very extracted. “If you like BIG and Pinots, this one’s for you.”
Heart O’ The Mountain 2008 Eight Two Eight Clone, Single Vineyard, Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $52.00

40 cases produced
(89)
Male: Big fruit in the nose and in the mouth. Rich and ripe with lots of oak to balance.
Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery 2008 Estate Hearthstone Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $42.00

100 cases produced
(89)
Male: Strawberry with nice floral notes that morph into forest floor. Cherry on the palate with truffle overtones, a touch of cola. Silky smooth yet with a spice and crisp acid edge.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Santa Maria Cuvee Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00

2199 cases produced
(89)
Male: Nice cherry cola on nose. Rich and complex palate of black cherry, cinnamon, spice, and coffee.Decent acid. Well balanced with cola on the finish.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $48.00

314 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cherry, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, light rhubarb, plum and strawberry. The palate shows lots of red fruit. Character is added from the oak. Slight bitterness on the finish.
Ketcham Estate 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00

901 cases produced
(89)
Male: Strawberry jam aromas. Soft tannins, great flavors on the mid-palate. Light spice and crisp acidity. Nicely structured.
Laetitia 2007 La Colline Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00

250 cases produced
(89)
Male: Classic fruit forward Pinot Noir nose. Nice clean fruit. Great oak intensity and smooth tannins. Very quaffable. Not extremely complex but excellently crafted with hints of violets and nutmeg.
Orentano 2007 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00

400 cases produced
(89)
Male: In the glass, the wine is ruby in color with an orange rim and a light center. Confectionery sugar, cherry, strawberry, and soft herbs and spices on the nose. Nice balance. Elegant strawberry and clove flavors. Smooth and viscous with an airy middle that moves into a balanced and smooth finish.
Per Bacco Cellars 2007 Dionysus – Barrel Select Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $55.00

88 cases produced
(89)
Male: The floral nose leads to a layered palate of black cherry, tea, cola, mushrooms, spice, and herbs. The palate is very pretty and approachable showing both complexity and delicacy.The long and firm finish is consistent with the palate. “Pinot with multiple personalities… in a good way!”
R2 Wine Company 2010 Black Pine Pinot Noir
California, $26.00

1042 cases produced
(89)
Male: Nothing stands out but it’s very elegant. Deep core of cherry fruit, silky, seamless Oak integration. Soft tannins. Firm structure and a long finish.
Scharffenberger Brut Rose
California, $24.00

(89)
Male: Spiced cherry aromatics lead to a nice palate of light strawberry and a mineral driven crispness through the finish.
Schug 2008 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00

773 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose has a hint of toast, ocean, herbs, lavender, violet, black tea, and spice rack. The palate shws dark red fruit accented with licorice, mint, wet leaves, and mocha.
Sequana Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $32.00

6202 cases produced
(89)
Male: Tight nose with some berries, rose hips, dry fruits. The mid-palate dominated by toast and hints of black tea. Needs time.
The Four Graces 2009 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $29.00

8500 cases produced
(89)
Male: Black cherry, oak, tart cherry, smoke, cedar, tea, and clove in the glass and on the palate. Layers upon layers. Pleasant finish.
The Four Graces 2009 Black Family Estate Black Family Estate Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $75.00

190 cases produced
(89)
Male: Violet, dark cherry, strawberry, tea, and black pepper aromas. Dark in color. Pleasant. Good acidity and tannins.
TR Elliott 2008 Queste Hallberg & O’Connell Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00

385 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose displays smoky oak and Bing cherry. Lovely expansive palate and mouthfeel. Cedar and hints of cinnamon mid to late. Good balance and acids.
Ventana 2009 Ventana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $29.00

3723 cases produced
(89)
Male: Light red brick in color with almost clear edges. Dried fruit, cola and a touch of interesting driftwood on the savory and earthy nose. Very smooth mouthfeel. Jammy red fruit with vanilla, cocoa, oak, and spice accents on the palate. Very interesting…delicate and developing.
Ventana 2008 Mission Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $37.00

200 cases produced
(89)
Male: Cherries and raspberries in the glass. Very soft and lush red fruit accented by cola and dark spices. Easy to enjoy.
Venteux Vineyards 2010 Circle S Pinot Noir
San Benito, $40.00

70 cases produced
(89)
Male: Sweet and sour cherry on the nose and…”what is that? Rain or fog? Yes!” Pretty and sweet watermelon and cranberry on the front palate. Starts to fade but then comes back to boast a long finish.
Villa Maria Estate 2010 Private Bin Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $20.00

4000 cases produced
(89)
Male: The nose is elusive showing a touch of cherry, cola and spice that are replicated on the palate. The oak is subtle but deft showing throughout the long finish.
Villa Maria Estate 2009 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $30.00

585 cases produced
(89)
Male: Aromas show unusual berry notes with violets and blue fruit. The palate is lovely with spice, plum, cherry, and toast accents. Well balanced with crisp acidity.
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 South Block Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $45.00

791 cases produced
(89)
Male: An interesting wine moving from smoky and earthy aromas to dark red fruit, spices, molasses, and a citrus edge on the finish.This is a baby. All will be revealed in a very positive way if you cellar this for a few years.
Woodworth Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00

150 cases produced
(89)
Male: Strawberry, brown spice and dried forest herb on the deep nose. Nice mesh of fruit and herbs on entry. Dried fruit, woodsy herbs, forest floor, and earth with plums on the finish.
Yamhill Valley VIneyards 2009 Estate Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $25.00

4493 cases produced
(89)
Male: Pleasant oak and dried cherry nose. Cherry, oak, earth, and cola on the refined palate and long finish. Interesting and very enjoyable.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Reserve Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $35.00

1582 cases produced
(89)
Male: Light strawberry jam aromas with lavender accents. Ripe strawberry flavors with mint, tea and eucalyptus joining mid to late. Rich and balanced. Lush finish.
Anglim 2009 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $48.00

194 cases produced
(88)
Male: Black fruit aromas with floral back notes. Big and dark fruit on the palate. Nice spice elements of the finish.
Annapolis Winery 2007 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00

750 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cherry cola, plum and licorice aromas lead to a palate of concentrated dark fruit with spice and smoke joining mid through the long finish.
Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir
California, $6.99

700000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Blueberry, rhubarb, beets, plums, and cola aromas. The palate is soft and ripe with a nice oaky element. Nice wine.
Beauregard Vineyards 2010 Estate Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
Ben Lomond, $50.00

100 cases produced
(88)
Male: Nose of sweet red fruits, mainly raspberry and cherry with rose petal accents. Lighter style with raspberry flavors accented with a hint of spice. Easy quaffer.
Big Vine Wines 2009 Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande, $14.00

2300 cases produced
(88)
Male: Leather, Bing cherry, cola, and tea leaf aromas. The mid-palate is delicious and finessed.
Block Nine 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $12.00

10000 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose shows beautiful floral notes. In the mouth, the wine is smooth with cherry flavors on entry. Lemon on the bright and slightly edgy finish.
Ceja Vineyards 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $50.00

250 cases produced
(88)
Male: There is a hint of licorice in the glass and then raspberries, tea, strawberry, rose petals, and earth. The aromas are replicated on the palate. Unusual but very pleasant.
Coghlan Vineyard 2009 La Encantada Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $54.00

138 cases produced
(88)
Male: Dark color in the glass. Aromas of cherry with a hint of cola and rose petals too. There are some earth and smoke notes mid-palate with acid kicking in on the finish.
Davis Bynum 2009 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00

5000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Tea, dried fruit and strawberry aromas are replicated on entry. Deeper dark cherry enters mid-palate with measured oak on the finish. Pretty.
Davis Family Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River, $40.00

740 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and cola throughout. Nice wine!
Domenico 2007 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $35.00

457 cases produced
(88)
Male: An intriguing and appealing nose with pretty, perfume, rose petals, orange rind, sweet herbs, and green tea. All plums and spice flavors.
Estancia Estates 2010 Pinot Noir
Monterey County, $15.99

47415 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is tight. Dark fruit flavors accented with toasty oak. Nicely balanced.
Fess Parker 2009 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $25.00

11439 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is tight showing light oak toast and earthiness. Strawberry jam flavors with oak, toasted almond and cinnamon back notes.
Gauthier Select Vineyards 2009 Richmond Vineyards Pinot Noir
Napa Valley Carneros, $30.00

80 cases produced
(88)
Male: Strawberry, black cherry and sweet oak on the nose. Cherry and sour cherry with oak accents on the palate. A rustic style.
Gloria Ferrer 2006 Jose S. Ferrer Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00

977 cases produced
(88)
Male: The dusty strawberry nose is slightly smoky. Complex entry of fruit and dried herbs with white spice edges.Tart, warm fruit on the palate. Oak is well integrated.
HobNob 2010 Pinot Noir
Vin de Pays d’oc, $10.99

80000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Aromatics of strawberry with a hint of toast. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, toast, mocha, and a hint of cinnamon. Good acidity.
Huber Cellars 2009 Estate Norman and Traudl Huber Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $42.00

457 cases produced
(88)
Male: Red currant, hint of tea and lavender aromatics. Opens to a full fruit flavors showing Bing cherry and strawberry jam with black pepper back notes. Tasty mid-palate.
J Storey 2009 Encell Vineyard Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo, $40.00

252 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose shows cherry, cola, black tea, cedar, oak, and earth. Ripe and sweet red fruit with black tea showing mid through the finish. Pleasant.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $48.00

116 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose shows bright cherry and cranberry with grapefruit back notes. The flavors are consistent with lovely baking spice and forest notes.
King Estate 2010 Signature Pinot Noir
Oregon, $27.00

25000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Aromas of oak and dark berries. Sour cherry, earth and oak on the palate. Rustic tasting.
KristiLynn 2008 Sebastian Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $45.00

80 cases produced
(88)
Male: Pleasant oak and dried cherry on the nose. Cherry, oak, earth, and cola on the refined palate through the long finish.
Kristilynn 2008 Phoenix Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $48.00

70 cases produced
(88)
Male: The nose is layered with cherry, lavender, a hint of cedar, light toasted oak, and rhubarb. The flavors are fruit driven and full. Cherry and black tea show on the soft mid-palate. Metered tannins on the long finish.
Leonard Kreusch 2009 Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder)
Rheingau, $16.99

2800 cases produced
(88)
Male: Floral nose. Sour cherry, licorice and earth on palate. Simple finish.
Manzoni 2009 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $26.00

371 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cherry, vanilla, smoke, and oak consistent from start to the long finish. Nice acidity.
Mark West 2009 Pinot Noir
California, $12.00

250000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Bright red fruit aromas with caramelly back notes. Ripe red cherry and baked cherry flavors. Cola and baking spices kick in mid to late. Nice!
Primarius 2009 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $17.00

21000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Strawberry, cherry, violets, and hints of rose on the nose. Cherry flavors with hint of green tea and eucalyptus. Some earth notes mid-palate. Smooth.
pureCru 2010 Giovanni’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $32.00

270 cases produced
(88)
Male: Floral notes on the nose. Opens to boysenberry pie with vanilla extract then fruit compote with French vanilla ice cream, tons of fruit! Jammy like a dessert wine, not sugary but there maybe a touch of residual sugar here.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00

2611 cases produced
(88)
Male: Currant aromas open to full and juicy cherry flavors with black tea mid to late.
Silver 2008 Coteau Palmer (Palmer Hillside) Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $45.00

245 cases produced
(88)
Male: Licorice and dark plum aromas. Big style wine. Deep, dark red and black fruit with lots of eucalyptus, spearmint and creme de menthe. Good texture. New oak shows through. Enough fruit to age gracefully.
St. Joseph Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $19.99

300 cases produced
(88)
Male: Jam with hints of rose hips, rhubarb, and cedar. Sweet front with toasty notes. Cola, cocoa, and cinnamon on the finish.
Three Brothers 2009 Estate Three Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir
SW Washington, $20.00

(88)
Male: Cherry, violets and oak on the nose. The flavors show an elegant blend of cherry, cedar, wet leaves, cranberry, and herbs. Lots going on. Consistent finish.
Turning Leaf 2009 Pinot Noir
California, $8.00

100000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Deep blood red in color, almost opaque. The nose is very floral showing distinctive violets. Rich and opulent with very bright fruit. Not a lot of oak showing here. The wine is still very pretty and unusual.
William Cole 2010 Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, $15.00

5000 cases produced
(88)
Male: Cherry and vanilla on the nose. On the palate there are cinnamon candy and orange peel overtones that enhance the cherry, rhubarb and oak flavors. Clove shows through on the balanced finish.
Acrobat 2010 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $20.00

31000 cases produced
(87)
Male: Plum and truffle aromatics. Light tannin, tart cranberry flavors on the palate. Warm finish.
Bouchaine Vineyards 2008 Estate Pinot Noir
Los Carneros, $50

487 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black raspberry and black licorice aromas replicate on the palate. Bracing acids on the finish.
Cottonwood Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Colorado, $17.00

178 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry, dried cherry, and spice on the nose. Ripe dark cherry flavors with cola kicking in mid to late. Soft tannins and well-placed acid.
Erath 2009 Leland Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $50.00

210 cases produced
(87)
Male: Inviting, sweet berry nose. Sarsaparilla and roses on the palate with strawberry and watermelon Jolly Rancher candy flavors. Medium finish.
Fontes & Phillips Wines 2009 La Encantada Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $52.00

260 cases produced
(87)
Male: Rhubarb, red berry, and vanilla aromas and flavors. Well balanced.
Heart O’ The Mountain 2008 Pommard Clone, Single Vineyard, Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $58.00

40 cases produced
(87)
Male: Light cherry, citrus, and smoke from start to finish. Nice texture.
Heron Wines 2010 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $16.99

4700 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry and spice aromas. The palate is light with earthy notes to the modest fruit. The finish is complex but has a touch of heat.
Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Pinot Noir
Columbia Valley, $32.00

498 cases produced
(87)
Male: Faint nose. Rich flavors of black cherry, cola, cedar, herbs, and leather on the palate with a firm finish.
Lennox Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $27.00

120 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry, black cherry and earth notes in the glass. Darker fruit flavors in the mouth. There is a nice smokiness late through the finish.
Motos Liberty 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $11.99

2500 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry, vanilla and menthol notes on the nose. Rhubarb and cherry flavors. Nice balance.
Oak Summit 2009 Estate Bottled n/a Pinot Noir
Hudson River, $29.95

100 cases produced
(87)
Male: Black licorice on the nose with blueberry and black tea notes. Red fruit flavors on entry with smoky oak joining mid through the finish. “New World but can’t pinpoint it’s origin.”
Pacific Ridge Vineyards 2009 Huber Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $44.00

77 cases produced
(87)
Male: Aromas of strawberry, blueberry, oak, and a hint of earth. Rich cherry cola with underlying caramel in the mouth. Luxurious. “Would like more acid but it’s nice.”
Schug 2009 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00

7633 cases produced
(87)
Male: Wild cherry, vanilla, spice, and cherry candy aromas. Strawberry flavors are enhanced with subtle notes of sandalwood, spice, earth, and forest floor. On the edge of being over subtle but good. Pleasant.
Stephen’s 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $38.00

180 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cherry jam, eucalyptus, and oak on the nose. Concentrate flavors of dark cherries, spice, jalapeno, and cloves. The oak is a bit overwhelming.
Three Brothers 2008 Estate Three Brothers Vineyard Pinot Noir
SW Washington, $20.00

(87)
Male: Pleasant cherry and ripe tropical fruit nose. Slightly sour cherry up front but mellows on finish. Nice balance.
Truckee River Winery 2008 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $45.00

200 cases produced
(87)
Male: Sweet tea, cherry, hints of butterscotch, and mocha aromatics. Dark cherry flavors enhanced with nice oak elements.
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Southeastern New England, $30.00

600 cases produced
(87)
Male: Currants and strawberries in the glass deliver the same onto the palate with a touch of dry leaves on the finish.
Bogle 2009 Pinot Noir
California, $11.00

75000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Nice rose petals on the nose. The palate is juicy with lovely red fruit flavors.
Forest Glen 2009 Pinot Noir
California, $10.99

5200 cases produced
(86)
Male: Unusual nose of olive and strawberry jam with a forest floor quality. Strawberry jam flavors with hints of cola. Soft, pleasant taste and texture.
Napa Ridge 2009 Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $15.99

1500 cases produced
(86)
Male: A hint of smoke, vanilla and lavender on the nose. Flavors of dried cherry, black tea, strawberry jam, pepper, and rhubarb. Some tannins and acid. Easy to drink.
Redwood Creek 2009 Pinot Noir
California, $8.00

580000 cases produced
(86)
Male: The color is quite purple. The nose shows lavender, bright red fruit and grapefruit. Cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium tannin. Good finish.

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Gauthier Select Vineyards 2009 Rockin’ H Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00

1090 cases produced
(85)
Male: Unique nose – dried meadow and mulberry aromatics. More plum than cherry on the palate. A dry finish with a nice balance of acid, tannin, oak, and fruit.
Spoiled Dog Winery 2010 Private Reserve Momtazi Pinot Noir
McMinneville, $29.99

150 cases produced
(85)
Male: Deep ripe cherry and strawberry nose. The palate shows narrower red fruit…cranberry and rhubarb fruit with sour cherry through the finish.
Karah Estate and Windy Hill 2008 Karah Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $24.95

2000 cases produced
(84)
Male: Violets on the nose, cherry pie on the palate, velvety, with earthy notes popping out on the finish. Long, complex finish.
Llai Llai 2010 Pinot Noir
Bio Bio Valley, $12.99

40000 cases produced
(84)
Male: Earthy cherry nose. Sour cherry, cedar, smoke on the palate. Rustic mid-palate of black cherry and orange. Tart finish.
The Crossings 2009 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, $18.99

40000 cases produced
(84)
Male: Bottle bouquet…plums, tomatoes, and bark. A little Calera-like. Red and black fruit flavors. Lots of tannins here.
MontPellier 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $9.99

20000 cases produced
(83)
Male: A very aromatic wine showing rose petals, violets, apples, strawberries, and lavender. The palate shows strawberries and ripe raspberries. A bit tart on the finish.
Windy Hill 2004 Karah Estate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $15.00

2000 cases produced
(82)
Male: Spice, red fruit, leather, cinnamon, and sweet red jam in the nose and in the mouth.
Burning Bench 2006 Moon Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Marin County, $45.00

90 cases produced
(80)
Male: Smoky with a hint of spice on the nose. Black tea, smoke with just a hint of strawberry fruit on the backside.
Emerson Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $18.00

2352 cases produced
(80)
Male: The nose is earthy with mushroom, tea, and mint notes. The palate is dusty with medium tannins.
Imbimbo Family Winery 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00

120 cases produced
(80)
Male: Amber tint in the glass. The nose shows plum, rose, clove, and smoke. The palate is not consistent. Some tannins on the finish.
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