11th Pinot Noir Shootout Results

The Pinot Noir Shootout is simply the most comprehensive Pinot Noir tasting in the world, exploring and assessing different styles of Pinot Noir.

Over 440 wines were entered in this, the 11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout.

The 11th Annual Pinot Noir Summit was held on March 16, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

11th 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
Sparkling Wines


All wines reviewed indicate a numerical score and are recommended “from the heart” with the additional reference of heart‘s designating the following:

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip = Gold Medal

heartheartheart = An Affair to Remember = Silver Medal

heartheart = Will Provide Fond Memories = Honorable Mention

See below for a listing of our top wines.

3 Girls 2011 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $12.99
5000 cases produced
Female: Opaque in color. Tons of clove in the glass. Nice fruit but there is a lot of oak here. Perhaps with time... 85

Male: Dark inky purple. Brooding black cherry and mushroom aromas. Very earthy - loamy. The oak overshadows the fruit mid-palate. Very smoky. 86
A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $20.00
175 cases produced
Female: Bright red fruit mixes with musky animal scents. Sweet candied red fruit and rhubarb on the palate.The finish is tart. 87

Male: Dark and bold. Oaky blackberry aromas lead to light red berry, spice and clove on the palate. Tart finish. 86
Alta Maria Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
4200 cases produced
Female: Dark berry aromas with floral low notes. Dark cherry flavors with coffee notes joining mid through late. Youthful but balanced. Needs some time. I would like to retaste in 9 months to a year. 90

Male: Nicely spiced combination of black fruit upfront and strawberry and spice back notes. As the wine opens in the glass aromas of an English garden after a light rain shower, Very lean dried red fruit that broadens mid showing spice notes and then narrows back to lean showing the acid on the finish. Lip smackingly nice wine! 91
Ampelos Cellars 2008 Rho Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $45.00
250 cases produced
Female: Smoke, plum, cranberries, and sweet spice aromas. The palate displays cherry and lots of spice. Good concentration with nice fruit. Nice peppery finish. 89

Male: Rich cedar closet and ripe cherry nose. Big, complex wine. Cinnamon and spice adds to the cedar and black cherry mid-palate. Firm acidity on the big, long finish. 90
Ampelos Cellars 2008 Lambda Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $35.00
900 cases produced
Female: Fruit compote on the nose. Melange of berries on opening with mouthwatering sweet and tart fruit on the mid-palate through the finish. Very refreshing. Very nice. 89

Male: Pleasant nose of violets and pine pitch. Classic black cherry, quinine, coffee, and leather. Finishes rich and balanced. 90
Anam Cara Cellars 2010 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $32.00 CORAL
1200 cases produced
Female: Elegant and lovely! The ripe berry and floral nose repeats on the palate through the silky finish. Deft use of oak. 91

Male: Earth and spice notes accent the enticing red berry nose. Brilliant red berry flavors with graham cracker and vanilla notes late and great acidity on the finish. 91
Anderson Oaks 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $30.00 GRAY
174 cases produced
Female: Nice! Very forward rich nose of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and mocha notes. Lush ripe fruit on opening. The palate mirrors the nose with richness picking up cola, coffee and leather late. Balanced. Nice acidity. 90

Male: Intense perfumed nose showing black cherry cassis, chocolate, floral, and oak notes. The palate is rich and velvety with dark fruit being the main focus. Cola, coffee and leather show on the balanced finish. 92
Angeline 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Santa Barbara-Mendocino Counties, $16.00
25000 cases produced
Female: Blueberry and ripe cherry aromas. Lush sweet and sour fruit enhanced with baking spices. Nicely balanced! Lovely acid. 90

Male: Bright black cherry, fresh cherry and spice aromas. Rich middle with aggressive big finish. Yum! 89
Arcturos 2010 Pinot Noir
Michigan, $27.50
325 cases produced
Female: Baking spice, cinnamon, and spicy tarberry jam on the nose. A touch hot on the palate but the dark red fruit accented with dark spices and coffee win out. Intriguing. Good food wine. 89

Male: Dried cherry and spice aromas lead to tart red fruit flavors in the mouth with nice acidity on the finish. Nicely balanced. 88
Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir
California, $6.99
218000 cases produced
Female: Sweet, rich cherry cider and raspberry on the nose and in the mouth. Light and fruity. Pleasing. Nicely balanced. Easy to enjoy. 88

Male: Intriguing tart black cherry, black raspberry, and spice on the nose with an added floral quality. Tasty, tart cherry, black raspberry, and rosehips tea flavors. Well balanced. There is an appealing sweet character here. 89
Bargetto 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $25.00 MAGENTA
651 cases produced
Female: Silky and yummy! Raspberry jam touched with floral aromas. Dark cherry and vanilla on opening giving way to leather accents. Raspberry, cherry and blackberry jam join mid-palate. Nice acidity throughout. The finish is long and pleasing. 93

Male: Beautiful aromas of black cherry, cinnamon, soy, and lavender. Good complexity and balance. Silky with a subtle earthiness that underlies the cooked cherry fruit with a slight sour edge over the mid-palate. The finish displays nice minerality and oak. 91
Big Bend 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
97 cases produced
Female: Rhubarb, toasted hazelnuts and ripe cherry aromas. Ripe and sour cherries with a smoky edge on the palate. Very pleasant but not very long finish. 87

Male: Graham cracker, seductive black fruit, smoke, and light earth aromas. Silky texture. Leather and plum on the nice finish. 89
Black Pine 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $26.00 BURGUNDY
1042 cases produced
Female: Plum with mushrooms and barnyard on the nose. Plum and dark cherry accented with cola and coffee. Leather on the finish. Nice wine! 89

Male: Cherry, and forest floor aromas and flavors. Fine balance. Vibrant acidity. Complex, subtle minerality. Tight and spicy on the mid-palate with nice length. 91
Blazon 2010 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $14.99
1000 cases produced
Female: Cooked raspberry, mint, plum, chocolate, and anise aromas that are replicated on the palate. Nice texture and acidity. Rich and decadent. 89

Male: Boysenberry jam, cherry pie and cedar. Monster fruit… cassis, hints of tobacco and blueberry on the palate. Big impression! nice mid-palate and pleasant finish. 88
Block Nine 2011 Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $13.00
30000 cases produced
Female: Floral and smoke notes on the initial nose. Cranberry and raspberry upon opening and repeat on the palate. Nicely balanced with great acidity. 89

Male: Pale in color with a brilliant pink rim. Delicate floral red fruit on the nose with a hint of smoke. This light bodied wine shows clean, tart cherry with cranberry and rhubarb. Cola on the balanced finish. 88
Bohemian Vineyard 2010 Estate Grown Freestone, CA Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
cases produced
Female: Light pure ruby color. Deep cherry aromas with forest floor back notes. The palate mirrors the nose on entry. Oak surrounds a core of black cherry. Complex and youthful. 89

Male: Cherry, earth, forest floor, mushroom, and warm spice aromatics. Complex palate of fruit, spice and tannins in a restrained framework with soft tannins and light acid on the finish. 89
Bonneau 2010 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $36.00 YELLOW
300 cases produced
Female: Aromas of cherry cola, dried herbs, cedar, and a hint of smoke repeat on the palate. Savory leather notes join mid to late. Complex and interesting with soft tannins and pleasant acidity. 91

Male: Dark ruby in color. Fresh and baked cherries, vanilla, coffee, and toast notes on the nose. The complex palate displays black fruit accented with cedar. Well placed tannins and acids - nicely structured. 90
Bonneau 2011 Rose Pinot Noir
California, $20.00
250 cases produced
Female: Rose petals and strawberry aromas open to sweet strawberry flavors. Sweet and tart red berry throughout - a touch of acid kicks in at the end. Try this with smoked salmon. 87

Male: Pretty color rose. Strawberry, raspberry and clove aromas. Sweet berry and cherry with light spice on the palate. Sweet viscous finish. Would be a lovely dessert offering, 88
Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00
7800 cases produced
Female: Mushrooms, red fruit and a touch of earth on the nose. Bing cherry flavors with mushroom back notes. Interesting and appealing. 89

Male: Aromas of cherry cola with hints of black tea extend onto the palate where they are joined by wet leaves, brown spice and vanilla. Good concentration of fruit. Nice acidity. 89
Bouchaine 2010 Estate Vineyard Terraces Pinot Noir
Napa Valley - Carneros, $60.00
250 cases produced
Female: Cherry and cooked strawberry aromas. Nice cherry pie flavors with bright, lighter red fruit mid. Nicely wrapped core of red fruit with deft wood management. Yummy! 90

Male: Smoky and dark character in the glass. Raspberry, cloves and cola flavors. Rich opulent style. A masculine wine. 90
Bouchaine 2011 Estate Vineyard Pinot Meunier
Napa Valley - Carneros, $40.00 KHAKI
392 cases produced
Female: Deep ruby in color. Blueberry and blackberry aromas with tea back notes. Blackberry and baking spice in the mouth. Cola on the long and pleasant finish. 90

Male: Complex displaying leather, forest floor, dark cherry and smoke notes. Medium bodied. The aromas repeat on the palate with some added spice and tangy acids on the finish. 90
Breathless Brut
Sonoma County, $25.00
750 cases produced
Female: Slight hint of salmon color indicating nicely proportioned pinot noir with this wines chardonnay component. Fine bead with lovely mid palate of mandarin orange & pink lady apple. Zesty and racy on the finish with well placed acidity that balances the fruit component on the palate with precision. Lots of room for this wine to evolve further. 92

Male: An elegant nose combines a nice balance of light toasty lees with distinctive green and red apple. Palate is fresh and alive with a combination of citrus, orange peel, and apricot. Finish is nicely proportioned to the palate with sleek acids that cleanse and refresh the palate. 90
Breathless Brut Rose
Sonoma County, $32.00
300 cases produced
Female: This wines dramatic ruby accented blush color leads to aromatics of raspberry, fresh strawberry and dried cherry followed by lighter notes of yeasty lees. Palate is nicely defined by a combination of young strawberry and cherry. There is just enough acidity to carry the depth of fruit. 89

Male: Dramatic color leads to lovely aromatics of fresh strawberry with back notes of cherry and raspberry that replicate nicely on the palate. Depth of fruit is balanced by well placed acidity and shows nice potential for further bottle development for this wine. 90
Breathless Blanc de Noirs
Sonoma County, $30.00
300 cases produced
Female: Well developed lees and toast combine nicely with red fruit, orange peel and earth. Palate shows a substantial Pinot Noir character balanced by distinctive citrus notes and baked apple. A lovely finish brings you back for more. 93

Male: A lovely salmon color displays nicely the serious Pinot Noir pedigree of this wine. Toasty lees and yeast meld with red fruit on nose. A lively and persistent bead. A fruit profile of nice complexity combines strawberry, fresh cherry and a touch of raspberry with red apple. There is a creaminess to the finish that is balanced nicely by lively acidity. The whole package. 91
Brophy Clark 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
1200 cases produced
Female: The generous nose exudes warm fruit and earth. The mouth feel is luscious and velvety showing cherry cola, and some deeper spice notes. Supple tannins. 90

Male: classic and rich black cherry, Cedar, and spice aromas. The palate is consistent with leather, coffee, and cinnamon. Firm with pleasant acid on the finish. 90
Brophy Clark 2010 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $34.00 BLUE
500 cases produced
Female: Bright strawberry aromas accented with orange peel and replicated on the palate. Tart cherry, smoke, tea on the finish. complex and lovely wine. 89

Male: Cherry, vanilla, and rich chocolate aromas. The wine is generous but balanced and elegant. 91
Brotherhood Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
New York, $14.99
500 cases produced
Female: Rose petal and dried strawberry aromas in the glass. Light strawberry flavors on entry with dried and fresh cranberry joining mid palate. There is just a touch of oak and nice acidity. Elegant. 89

Male: Beautifully restrained nose showing very ripe red apple that has just been cut open with light cranberry and spice surrounding the apple. The palate is nicely defined. Young Burgundy done in a New World style. Lovely and soft finish. 90
Buccio 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $24.00
198 cases produced
Female: Light strawberry aromas. "Carneros?" Strawberry throughout. Nice oak treatment with good acidity. Nicely balanced. 87

Male: Cherry, rhubarb, baking spices, dried oregano, and green herb aromas. Dried and ripe cherry flavors, plum, rhubarb and cocoa on the mid-palate. Sweet oak and berry on the finish. 88
Burning Bench Cellars 2010 Estate Produced and Bottled Moon Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Marin County, $45.00
90 cases produced
Female: Dark black fruit and mushroom notes on the nose. Ripe black fruit from entry through the finish which shows nice acidity. 85

Male: Very dark in color, plum, and mushrooms on the nose. Juicy entry with plum and berry with a great spike of acid in the back. 87
Cakebread Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $49.50
2000 cases produced
Female: Dense and extracted fruit on the nose showing plum, cassis and licorice. The nicely textured palate displays black cherry with spice and earth accents. Youthful and evolving. 91

Male: Wow! Leather, white pepper, currant, and spice on the nose. rich licorice like fruit over the mid-palate with cherry jam on the finish. 91
Canihan 2009 Estate Canihan Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast/Carneros, $50.00 ORCHID
550 cases produced
Female: Dark bold blackberry aromas, reminiscent of Syrah. Blackberry and licorice flavors on opening. juicy and ripe. Tangerine popping out of a raspberry basket mid-palate. Black cherry and coffee on the finish. I would like to see this age for another two years or more for full enjoyment. 89

Male: Fascinating nose… not necessarily because of the distinct elements composing it, but in the way they come together. Leather, cedar, sawdust, black cherry, and menthol. The big and expansive palate mirrors the nose. 91
Canihan 2010 Estate Canihan Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $50.00
308 cases produced
Female: The nose of sweet blueberry pie and cloves is replicated on the palate. Good fruit, tannin and acid balance. Hint of incense on the finish adds interest. 89

Male: A touch hot on opening. Cherry and violets on the nose. Classic black cherry, Cedar, spice and plum flavors. Balanced. 89
Carlton Cellars 2009 Cape Lookout Estate Pinot Noir Russell-Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton AVA, $30.00
768 cases produced
Female: Dark fruit and a a touch of mocha on the nose. The palate is reflective of the aromas with coffee and spice on the satiny finish. 90

Male: Aromas of plum and black currant accented with baking spices. The palate is consistent with added herb highlights mid. Silky through the finish. 90
Carol Shelton Wines 2011 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Caneros, $38.00 LIGHT YELLOW
250 cases produced
Female: Lush rich dark fruit - blackberry and red berry aromas. Ripe fruit with high notes of black pepper and citrus. "Intriguing. I like!" 90

Male: Dark in color. Dry cherry and cranberry on the nose with some nice spice accents. Richly layered showing sweet dark cherries, violets and herbs. Balanced with a soft finish. 91
Carol Shelton Wines 2010 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Carneros, $38.00
218 cases produced
Female: Raspberry and licorice aromas carry through onto the palate. The licorice surrounds the core of raspberry, red cherry and dried cranberries. 88

Male: Fresh cherry and black cherry with a whiff of ocean air showing a real "sense of place." As the wine opens aromas of dried cranberries, dried herbs and mineral notes. Nice complex palate that is still evolving. Well placed acids. 89
Chaddsford Winery 2011 Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $18.99
471 cases produced
Female: Earth and nice cherry on the nose and palate. Dark cherry jumps in mid with espresso on the finish. 88

Male: Subtle cherry, berry, herbs, and baking spice on the once. Smooth entry of ripe cherry with subtle herbs and spice joining mid. Fruit, herbs and oak mix on the finish. 89
Chaddsford Winery 2010 Miller Estate Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $34.99
158 cases produced
Female: Floral notes and wet leaves at first open to subdued fruit aromas. The red fruit on the palate is highlighted with orange rind, cloves, and wet leaves notes. Drink me! 87

Male: Light red cherry fruit on the nose repeat on the palate. Accents of tea and chocolate on the finish. The tannins are quite dry. "I think this wine will shine with food." 87
Chandon Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir
California, $22.00
Female: Lighter red fruits of cherry and young strawberry combine nicely with ripe apple on the nose. There is nice depth to the palate combining spiced red apple and fresh green apple followed by a touch of cherry. A nicely proportioned wine that finishes fresh and crisp. 90

Male: A golden straw with some lighter salmon tones lead to aromas of fresh baked bread and Bing cherry. Palate is generous and satisfying with spiced apple, cranberry and rhubarb. There is nice structure and ample acidity to keep it balanced and fresh on the finish. 90
Chloe Creek Vineyards 2010 Leras Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00 WHITE
377 cases produced
Female: The nose displays cherries, cinnamon, cedar, and vanilla. Bright dark cherry and sour cherry flavors with cinnamon notes. Bright fruit, well managed acid and subtle oak. Nice wine! 89

Male: Lovely violets and blackberry on the nose with a cedar accent. Complex and powerful on the palate showing black cherry, cedar, cola, and herbs. Finishes large and long. 92
Ciccone 2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Leelanau Pennisula, $17.95
330 cases produced
Female: Very light in color almost Beaujolais-like. Strawberry aromas with a touch of cinnamon. Strawberry, rhubarb and cranberry flavors with a light touch of oak. Nice! 88

Male: Aromatics of smoky pomegranate with lighter tones of fresh young cherry. Distinctive warmer spice notes as wine opens in the glass. The palate shows restrained cherry with orange peel back notes. Very modest tannins. The wine finishes with bright and fresh well placed acidity. 88
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $26.00 WEDGEWOOD
1918 cases produced
Female: Eucalyptus, raspberry jam, dried leaves, and herbs de Provence on the intriguing nose. Medium plus intensity on the palate of black cherry flavors enhanced with eucalyptus and dried herbs. Very pleasant long finish. Complex and well made. 91

Male: Cherry jam, forest floor and quince aromas. Medium bodied and somewhat silky. The finish is long, complex and subtle...a wine to linger over. Soil and mineral notes rise on the finish. Lovely stuff with a never ending finish. 91
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Twin Creeks Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $36.00
223 cases produced
Female: Ripe red fruit aromas are accented with a touch of barnyard. The palate shows dark red fruit with smoky notes and coffee on the rear of the palate. Good mouth feel. 88

Male: Cinnamon, very ripe strawberry and touch of barnyard on the nose. The fruit driven palate shows strawberry and currant. Nicely balanced. 87
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Runestone, Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $42.00
190 cases produced
Female: Cherry, plum, boysenberry, currant, and mocha aromas repeat on the palate with the addition of citrus notes. The acidity is refreshing and complements the density of the wine. Long and lingering finish. 90

Male: Very dark cherry red in color. Intense oak and baked berry aromas and flavors. The nice acidity makes the palate very interesting. 90
Cline Cellars 2010 Cool Climate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $17.99
7000 cases produced
Female: Pine forest, warm baking spices and tart cherry aromas. The palate delivers sweet, sour and savory notes. Very interesting wine with nicely integrated grape tannins and acid. 89

Male: The nose and palate are meaty with vanilla, cherry and herbs notes throughout. Nicely balanced showing cool climate characteristic. Simple and easy to drink. 90
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Pinot Noir
American, $21.99
3000 cases produced
Female: Aromas of cherry and black pepper touched with cedar lead to cooked red cherry flavors accented with brown baking spices. The finish is supple. 87

Male: Dried cherry with a hint of thyme leads to this light bodied wine with vibrant acidity. Dried cherry and strawberry on the palate. Delicate wine. 87
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Lux Pinot Noir
American, $37.99
1800 cases produced
Female: Black fruit and licorice on the nose repeat on the palate. Nice herb, cocoa powder and cinnamon with tart fruit on the solid finish. 87

Male: Light forest floor, quiet plum and strawberry aromas. clean fore palate of expressive Pinot. Forest floor becomes dominant mid. Silky texture, Decent acidity. Balanced tannins. 87
Corralitos Wine Company 2008 Dijon Clone Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $48.00
150 cases produced
Female: Baking spices lead to cherry pie aromas and replicate on the palate. Juicy with nice acid on the finish. 90

Male: Very pretty nose of vanilla sugar cookies and strawberries. What this wine lacks in complexity is compensated by overall loveliness on the palate. Good balance of fruit and acid on the long finish. 89
Corralitos Wine Company 2009 La Tache Clone Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $54.00
150 cases produced
Female: Cherry color. Sweet red fruit. Dusty cocoa on the finish. 87

Male: Pale ruby color. Strawberries on the nose. Light red fruit flavors with dried flower accents. Tea on the pleasant finish. 88
Cross Keys Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Shenandoah, $19.00
48 cases produced
Female: Black cherry and dark spice on the nose, Lots of red fruit - raspberry and wild cherry in the mouth. "Like this!" 89

Male: Deep ruby in color. Nose of dried cherry, violets and cedar. Good sweet dried cranberries nicely balanced with the tannins. Ripe and round. 90
Cross Keys Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
Shenandoah, $19.00
200 cases produced
Female: Earthy aromas with light dried fruit on aeration. The palate mirrors the nose with a touch more fruit showing mid-palate. 86

Male: Aromas of dried cranberries, cherries, slightly sweetened rhubarb, and fresh cut stone (like a stone quarry). Watermelon and cranberry flavors on entry with cherry mid-palate. Not terribly complex but nicely balanced. 88
D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2010 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00
310 cases produced
Female: The nose brings up great memories… mint… Girl Scout Chocolate Mint Cookies! The palate offers light red fruit with mushroom notes. Nicely balanced. 90

Male: Nice mint character on the nose. Lighter style wine. Spicy cloves add interest to the strawberry fruit. Good. Light bodied Pinot Noir. 89
David Bruce Winery 2010 Estate Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $55.00
281 cases produced
Female: Cherry, strawberry, and strawberry jam on the nose. Great fruit, deftly balanced with oak. Nice acid. Like this! 89

Male: Great color. Ripe nose with prune notes. Great body. Nice Pinot Noir flavors of sweet cranberry, red raspberry and elderberry accented with allspice. Good acid. Well balanced. Lovely finish. 89
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00 LILAC
708 cases produced
Female: Bright ruby in color. Juicy cherry, dried oregano, dried leaves, and wood spice on the nose. Tart raspberry acidity matches the fresh cherry, cranberry, orange peel, and dried herb flavors. Refreshing and lively flavors linger on the finish. 91

Male: Menthol, quinine, orange, and cranberry up front. Stunning cherry/sour cherry flavors. Expansive and length on the mid-palate with beautiful acids. This one's interesting on the nose, but just plain gorgeous on the tongue. 92
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $40.00
928 cases produced
Female: Touch of forest floor on the nose. Cherry and strawberry flavors are deftly integrated with oak. Great balance and acid. Elegant. Yum! 90

Male: Intense nose reflecting hay, candied strawberry and baking spices. Big ripe cherry, raspberry and cranberry flavors with chocolate and herb joining mid. Deep fruit and lush oak on the finish. Young. Needs time to be at its best. 88
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00 TURQUOISE
4527 cases produced
Female: Balanced but intense nose of black cherry, blackberry jam, mushrooms, and earth notes is replicated on the palate. Complex wine finishing with light tannins. 91

Male: This Pinot will get better with time but it is appealing now. Strawberry jam aromas with a nice mineral edge. Solid tart fruit over the mid-palate leads to a long, jammy, full finish. Solid structure. 91
Davis Bynum 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00
8500 cases produced
Female: Coffee and red fruit aromas and flavors. Nicely balanced. This is lovely Pinot that will get better with age. 87

Male: Light cranberry, rhubarb, and macerated cherries on the nose. The dark cherry flavors are accented by herbs and Christmas spices, Attractive flavors. Concentration matches the weight of the wine. 87
Diamond Collection 2011 Pinot Noir
Monterey, $18.00
75000 cases produced
Female: Floral and cooked strawberry on the nose and palate. Clove on the finish. The tannins are quite aggressive. Young? 86

Male: Cherry aromas and flavors throughout. Simple. 86
Director's 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $21.00 BLUE GREEN
17100 cases produced
Female: Savory aromas showing leather, mushroom, earth, and dark cherry. Mouthwatering acid. Medium tannins. Flavors of cocoa, earth, dark cherry, and plum from entry through the long finish. Many different components all working well together. 91

Male: Leather, cinnamon, black cherry and sweet tobacco aromas. Fantastically sweet tobacco with plum and leather. Flavors. Linear, fun and different. 90
Director's Cut 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $27.00
2500 cases produced
Female: Ripe cherry and black cherry aromas and flavors with hints of mushrooms. Solid wine. 86

Male: Light, complex forest floor aromas. Soft and silky. Mouthwatering strawberry on the palate. The forest floor overpowers the nose while it comes into focus on the palate. Long finish. 89
Domaine Carneros 2008 Brut
Carneros, $27.00
Female: A lovely golden color with a hint of red fruit presence glistens in the glass with an active bead. Fuji apple and spiced pear followed by lighter cherry and fresh strawberry create a lovely fruit profile. There is a hint of lemon that nicely complements the long finish that cleanses the palate with its lively acidity. 91

Male: A sophisticated and complex aromatic profile is shaped by notes of spiced apple, dried cherry, and refined lees. Bead is lively and generous. A well proportioned mid palate profile offers up fresh apple and pear with fresh strawberry defining the red fruit presence. A richly generous finish is framed by lovely balance and a refined acidity. Beautifully crafted. 93
Double Bond 2007 Wolff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $65.00
50 cases produced
Female: Black cherry, mint, and wood spice aromas. Red cherry flavors accented with smoke and earth notes. Soft tannins show deft integration. 89

Male: Impressive and concentrated nose showing mint and blackberries. Black cherry fruit with tight acidity and lingering tannins. This baby needs time. 89
Double Bond Wine 2009 Wolff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00 LIGHT BLUE
375 cases produced
Female: Plums and black pepper on the nee. A hint of strawberries and cranberries on th enose and palate. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. Long lingering finish. 90

Male: Aromas of cherry and leather with a touch of dill. A pretty wine. Rich opening with a bit of sweet cherry fruit. Vibrant and lively in the mouth with great a acidity and a touch of minerality. Good attack, depth with a polished finish. 92
Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut
Cava, $19.00
1800 cases produced
Female: A beautiful, brilliant rose colored hue to the color. Forest floor and ripe cherry meld together with a touch of baked bread and candied orange peel on the nose. Slightly tart cherry combine with light strawberry on the palate. The finish carries nicely with a combination of acidity and minerality. 88

Male: A spiced raspberry compote with evidence of light lees, dill, and forest floor combine on the nose. There is a richness to the palate comprised of ripe cherry balanced by dried cranberries. It offers a long expressive finish with a touch of creaminess and light minerality. 90
En Garde 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $58.00 DENIM
75 cases produced
Female: Beautiful deep red/purple in the glass. The nose leads with rose, and clove undertones that enhance the deep red fruit. Dark fruit flavors of dried plum with chocolate accents. Yummy! 90

Male: Deautiful fruit aromas accented with vanilla, spice and leather. Nice balance. Gentle handling of barrel regimen. Raspberry, blackberry, licorice, and spice flavors build toward the lovely finish. Powerful but friendly. 91
En Garde 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
125 cases produced
Female: Dark berry, strawberry and candied strawberry aromas deliver mouthwatering strawberry fruit on the palate. "I like this a lot!" 90

Male: Warm seductive ripe fruit and spice. Great varietal focus. Long yummy finish. 90
Enkidu 2010 Tina Marie Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00 DUSTY ROSE
130 cases produced
Female: forest floor, meet and smoke. Aromas lead to the complex palate that shows nice plum, sandalwood, Juniper, and pomegranate. Really lovely texture. Elegant and plush finish. 91

Male: Bright cherry, cedar, plum, and smoke aromas. Big flavors that mirror the nose with the addition of leather and camphor in the mix. Lively acidity in firm and balanced finish. 91
Enkidu 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $28.00
400 cases produced
Female: Cigar box, blackberries and leather on the nose. Nice fruit on the palate showing dark cherry, berry and herbs. Big but balanced. 90

Male: Light and lovely raspberry fruit and peppermint initially on the nose opening to darker black fruit accented with baking spices. The aromas are replicated on the palate. Great velvety mouth feel. Long finish. 89
Fess Parker 2010 Ashleys Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $50.00 BRICK
1217 cases produced
Female: Strawberry jam, mocha, plum aromas are enhanced with oak elements. Strawberry on opening with a touch of sour cherry. Cooked plum, mocha, and wood spice accents join mid. Dusty tannins that get just to the edge of being too aggressive but work just fine with the fruit component. Chocolate notes on the finish. lovely acidity. Nice wine! 90

Male: Darkest wine in the flight. Dried cherry, green leaves, hay, and green apple, and minerals on the nose. Gorgeous, sweet cherry surprise on the palate entirely unexpected from the nose. Nice acids accent the fruit centered palate in a fascinating fashion. 91
Fess Parker 2010 Clone 115 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
246 cases produced
Female: Juicy ripe black fruit and vanilla aromas and flavors. Coffee intensifies the palate mid through the finish. 88

Male: Modern style - ripe Bing cherry, soft forest floor, herb, and light cinnamon on the nose. Modern but delicious. Plum, blueberry, cherry, dried herb, and spice on the BIG finish. 90
Fess Parker 2010 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
245 cases produced
Female: Aromas of spice and a myriad variety of red fruits. The rich, complex palate reflects the nose. Good classic style. 90

Male: Blood red in color. Strawberry and candied fruit aromas replicate on the good ripe opening. Nice structure. Balanced. Very linear. Good attack and grip. Nice depth. A distinctive classic with a slightly edgy finish. 90
Field Stone 2011 Vineyard Select Hopkins River Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Ranch, $30.00 BLACK
150 cases produced
Female: Mocha and mint on the nose and rich palate. Lush and juicy. Nice, spicy, long fnish. A real crowd pleaser. 91

Male: Black fruit and lots of oak on the nose. Lighter in the mouth showing a lovely elegance - almost Burgundian in nature. Vibrant. Good attack. balanced and lovely finish. 92
Fleur de California 2011 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $18.00
5800 cases produced
Female: Red cherry, strawberry, clove, and cola aromas. Cherry and cherry jam flavors with mineral notes on the long finish. 89

Male: the varietal definition is excellent. Lovely bouquet of lavender and peppermint. Soft and silky appearance and texture. Delicate fruit with an interesting Minna Roulo me, light tannin and somewhat chalky on the cherry finish. 90
Fleur de California 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $15.00 SEA GREEN
7500 cases produced
Female: Savory notes on the nose. Leather, cranberry, raspberry, and dried leaves arise from the glass. On the palate cranberry and raspberry mix with plum enhanced by floral notes and wood spice. Nice texture and acid. Lovely, lighter style of Pinot Noir. 91

Male: Soft notes of graham cracker and black cherry on the nose. Big spice masks the light red fruit on the palate. "Not a sip or for me. I'd like this better with food." 87
Francis Coppola Reserve 2010 Tomar's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
400 cases produced
Female: Raspberry, dried cherry, mint, and cinnamon aromas. Cherry flavors are dominant with earthy notes and mocha. Good acidity shows on the long finish. 89

Male: A quiet nose with a more concentrated palate. In the glass, deep rich fruit with deli meats, spice, and earth accents. Flavors are deeper showing vibrant berries, cinnamon spiciness and cocoa on the long and silky finish Balanced, well made wine! 90
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2009 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
406 cases produced
Female: Beautiful nose showing ripe berries and cola. Intense but elegant wine. Strawberry and raspberry fruit is deftly integrated with the oak elements. Nicely textured. 92

Male: Softly elevated and elegant nose… orange blossom, lavender and mulberry. Well placed fruit and spice in a complete package. 90
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2009 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
Green Valley, Russian River, $55.00
626 cases produced
Female: Cinnamon, strawberry jam, licorice and black cherry - a very inviting nose. The palate mirrors the nose with plum, leather, earth and dark spices on the finish. 92

Male: Brown spice, licorice, black cherry, and earth on the nose and in the mouth. Concentrated core of fruit with a supple finish. A tasty Pinot! 90
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Brut Rose
Carneros, $42.00
2470 cases produced
Female: Strawberry, raspberry and watermelon combine with the noticeable toast and lees on the nose. Fresh blast of strawberry with cranberry notes define palate. Well made. 91

Male: An enticing combination of lees development and complex fruit showcase the aromatics and lead to an elegant palate of well proportioned and and richly layered red fruit. A long, well defined finish lingers and then cleanses with lots of crisp acidity. Superb quality. 94
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Carneros, $22.00
28000 cases produced
Female: A nicely balanced combination of toasty lees and strawberry with light apple define the attractive aromatics. A richly textured palate of red fruit and apple lead to a long finish precisely balanced by lovely acidity. 93

Male: A toasted brioche and yeasty notes combine nicely with a complex palate defined by fresh strawberry and raspberry with lite peach and citrus notes. A precise and complex finish with near perfect acidity creates a wine that is a joy to drink. 91
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Jose S Ferrer Selection Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00 PEACH
900 cases produced
Female: Dark red fruit aromas with earth, and cola notes. Full-bodied concentrated red fruit flavors with earth and mushroom notes. Good acidity and very pleasant tones on the long finish. 90

Male: Extraordinarily floral aromas-violets and lilies. Black cherry core with ripe strawberry edges on the palate. Velvety. Subtle oak tones. Long, vibrant, complex finish. 91
Gloria Ferrer 2009 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $22.00
1400 cases produced
Female: Cherry red in color. On the nose-bacon, red fruit, savory notes, thyme, and blackberry. Juicy on the palate. Primarily fruit driven with blueberry, wild raspberry, and forest floor back notes. Good fruit and savory elements. 90

Male: The aromas are intense, brooding and appealing. Black cherry, raspberry jam, strawberry jam, forest floor notes, and tar on the nose are replicated on the palate. Nicely structured with licorice notes joining the myriad of fruit flavors. This wine shows great oak integration and good acidity. 90
Grady Family Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $18.00
120 cases produced
Female: Pure blueberry and cherry aromas. Upon aeration, milk chocolate and orange too. Dark and ripe cherry flavors on entry with sour cherry mid and roasted herbs, coffee and mint on the finish. 89

Male: Bright red fruit on the initial aromatic that turns to baked cherry cobbler aromas. Young almost Beaujolais-like appeal. Pretty to look at and smell. The palate is nicely layered with fruit and spice mid, barrel notes with a touch of vanilla and allspice on the finish. This wine is delicate and linear. Very enjoyable! 89
Graton Ridge Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
319 cases produced
Female: Red fruit, vanilla and mushrooms on the nose. The palate displays juicy cherry flavors. Nice acid on the finish. 90

Male: Nice wine! Cherry and violet notes in the glass. Great fruit in the mouth with baking spices on the long finish. 90
Graton Ridge Cellars 2010 Estate Paul Family Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $50.00 RED
176 cases produced
Female: Well balanced fruit and spice aromas. The nose shows white pepper, cloves and black cherry. Spicier the mouth than the nose portends. Vanilla and bright fruit on the palate on the well-rounded palate. Very pleasant to drink. 92

Male: "I love this!" Black cherry aromas with a hint of cola and vanilla overtones. Great balance. Velvety texture. Light spicy character through the long finish. 92
Grayson Cellars 2011 Lot 5 Pinot Noir
California, $12.00
15000 cases produced
Female: Aromas of bright red fruit accented with orange. Flavors of ripe cherries throughout, light and restrained yet the wine is solid with nice acidity. Finishes with a lovely, racy minerality. 89

Male: Very light ruby in color. Intense from nose to finish. The core of cherry is enhanced with earth notes. Vibrant yet silky. Beautifully structured and balanced. It walks the line between delicate and intense. 90
Gruet Blanc de Noirs
Lower Rio Grande Valley, $25.00
40000 cases produced
Female: Fresh picked strawberry combine with touches of apple and citrus on the nose. A nicely woven palate of strawberry followed by green apple. A solid presence of minerality and acidity complete this wine nicely. 90

Male: The red fruit character of Pinot Noir speaks nicely here as lighter strawberry and fresh cherry combine with restrained lees notes of light toast and spice. The aromatics translate nicely to the palate with some added tropical notes behind the red fruit. Palate is bright and fresh giving this wine a balance and finish that is truly enjoyable. 91
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Monterey, $35.00 PUMPKIN
260 cases produced
Female: Light brick in color. Tropical fruits and strawberry on the nose. Flavors of bright fruit accented with dried herbs. 89

Male: Cherry and violet nose. Silky texture. Orange peel added to the mix on the palate. Tight. Balanced. Mouth coating finish on great length. 91
Hagafen Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $32.00 DEEP PURPLE
800 cases produced
Female: Lush dark berry fruit with coffee notes on the nose and on the palate. Leather and roast beef add to the intrigue of the aroma. Sweet fruit with savory notes mid through the finish. 89

Male: Crimson in color, the nose displays mushroom. coffee and dark raspberry. Jammy and rich opening with persistent fruit and good depth. Savory notes mid-palate. A focused wine with good attack and grip. 91
Hahn SLH Estate 2011 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $35.00 PINK
4000 cases produced
Female: Cinnamon, black fruit and deli meats on the nose. Lush dark berry and cherry flavors accented with spice. The finish is long with moderate acidity. 90

Male: Beautiful mixture of fruit and oak. Strawberries, prune, leather are richly integrated. Vibrant, focused and persistent. Lingering finish. 91
Hahn Winery 2011 Pinot Noir
California, $14.00
50000 cases produced
Female: Bright fruit aromas with accents of violets, cranberries and a touch of molasses. The palate displays jammy raspberry, rhubarb and sweet roasted almonds. Molasses on the finish. Simple and easy to enjoy. 86

Male: Smells like a bowl of dark cherries in the glass with sweet spice in the background. Black cherry and blueberry on opening. Light across the mid-palate. Good solid fruit with a touch of tar on the finish. 87
Handley Cellars 2009 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $52.00
226 cases produced
Female: Dark brick color in the glass. Cherry, spice, leather, cigar, cinnamon, and veggie notes on the nose. Dark cherry palate with upfront spices and black pepper. Well-rounded. Nice acidity shows on the finish. 90

Male: Expansive black cherry aroma with overtones of vanilla. Silky mid-palate with a chalky finish of good length. Good use of oak. Minerality drives this Pinot through the lush "grapefruit feel" on the finish. 90
Handley Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $32.00 LIME GREEN
3485 cases produced
Female: Black cherries, cola and vanilla on the nose. Bright red fruit on the palate. Cola and vanilla notes join mid through the long finish. Nicely balanced. This wine is great now and has a long life too. 92

Male: Big aromas of candied cherry, strawberry, mulberry, and forest floor. Nice mouthfeel showing strawberry, dusty clove, subtle dried herbs, and light baking spice flavors. The finish is refined with red berry, coffee, oak, and dried herbs accents. 89
Handley Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $25.00
1058 cases produced
Female: Lavender, and pure fresh cherry aromas. Ripe raspberry fruit with brown baking spice accents. Citrus notes on the finish. 88

Male: Ruby in color with a pink rim. Bright: very, red cherry, and clove on the nose. Red and black cherry flavors accented with orange rind. Rich mouth feel. Solid oak but not overwhelming. The sweet fruit, oak, acid, and tannins are well-balanced. 89
Handley Cellars 2006 Estate Brut Rose
Anderson Valley, $40.00
613 cases produced
Female: A nose of sweet orange blossom and ripe raspberry combine with toasted nuts and well developed lees. A richly textured palate of cherry and ripe citrus notes along with a yeasty component fill out the mouthfeel. Just enough acidity to carry the depth and weight of this unique sparkler. 90

Male: Dramatic lees and yeasty brioche heading towards an almost old world cremant style make this an alluring wine. Nicely textured mid palate of well developed red fruit comprised of ripe cherry and warm raspberry with toasted hazelnuts and a hint of honey. Acidity is still complementing the well developed character of this wine. Enjoy this wine in the next 6 months perhaps with ripe apple and pear with some robust blue cheese. 91
Imbimbo Family Winery 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $33.00
120 cases produced
Female: Very ripe baked and stewed cherry aromas. A touch hot, not surprising with the very ripe fruit. The palate shows sour cherries and spice. Nice acidity on the relatively short finish. 85

Male: Ripe, ripe, ripe nose. The palate shows a combination of sour cherry with raspberry overtones. Flavors cover the whole palate. Nice weight. Finishes brightly but without a lot of length. 86
Isidors Choice 2009 Blanc de Noirs
Leelanau Peninsula, $22.50
500 cases produced
Female: Expressive aromas and a very lively bead invite you to taste this wine. Lemon zest, apple and a hint of cranberry create the fruit profile for a very nice balance of fruit and acidity which provides this wines long finish with a racy freshness. Well made and fun to drink. 91

Male: Aromatics lead with a lovely combination of ripe red apple and lighter lemon peel-grapefruit notes that are nicely touched by light yeast-brioche notes. Fruit profile from nose translates to flavor profile. Lean and restrained with great acidity. A truly outstanding effort from the upper reaches of Michigan. 88
J2 Winery 2010 Doctors Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $39.00 PERIWINKLE
25 cases produced
Female: Fruit forward nose showing dark fruit - primarily blueberry and blackberry. The palate is fruit forward with raspberry flavors that are balanced with oak and baking spices. A baby, needs time to integrate. 90

Male: Deep black cherry, vanilla and chocolate on the nose. Silky on the mid-palate. Vibrant, crisp acid edge but full-bodied and rich at the same time. A huge mouthful of flavor. The opposite of delicate but yet, not heavy-handed. 91
James Family Cellars 2010 Estate Produced Stony Point Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00
270 cases produced
Female: Bright and light in color. Fruit forward aromas with leather undertones. Very interesting. Rounded palate displaying cherry and raspberry with tea leaves and mushrooms. Mouthwatering finish. Yum! 91

Male: Dark cherry aromas with dried leaves and tangy spice. Spicy dark fruit flavors with forest floor accents. Nice entry. Good balance. 90
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $34.00
260 cases produced
Female: Berry compote aromas. Pretty red fruit flavors. Well-balanced. Nice wine. 89

Male: Lively red fruit nose. Solid core of red fruit surrounded with gentle oak. Nice. 88
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $34.00
360 cases produced
Female: Jammy note on the boysenberry, raspberry, and orange peel nose. Baked fruit on the palate with vanilla bean notes late. Nicely textured with good acidity. 88

Male: Bright, feminine, delicate, and layered. Well-defined and subtle complex development shows on the nose. Juicy and spicy fruit on the mid-palate. Nice acids on the finish. 89
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2010 Enz Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lime Kiln Valley, $60.00
338 cases produced
Female: Very strong clove aromas...it smells like Christmas! Blackberry, cinnamon, oak, and vanilla on the layered palate end with cola and tanned leather notes. 89

Male: Big and bold. Allspice, clove, cedar, Dr. Pepper, and black cherry aromas. The palate displays heavy oak. Tight. Needs time! 87
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2010 Steiner Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, $60.00 RED ORANGE
106 cases produced
Female: Complex aroma of spice, cherry, cedar, and mushroom. The complexity continues on the palate showing beautiful acidity accenting the dried cherry, cedar and mushroom flavors. Very long pleasant finish. Delicious! 91

Male: Aromas of a fresh bowl of cherries arise from the glass with a hint of fresh herbs as a back note. Fine grained tannins. Flavors of cherries accented with brown spices. Nicely textured. Will age, judicious use of oak. Solid structure. Strawberry jam on the long finish. 90
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Santa Maria Cuvee Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
2348 cases produced
Female: Warm fruit compote aromas and flavors. Lots of Oak here. Very tight. Very young. Needs time. 88

Male: Nice lighter style Pinot Noir. Peppermint, cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry aromas with mushroom notes on aeration. Balanced palate of ripe cherry, strawberry, clove, and herbs. Mushroom and earth join mid-palate and add to the smooth finish of oak and good fruit. 90
Ketcham Estate 2010 Ketcham Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
310 cases produced
Female: Cherry and raspberry aromas with a hint of cola. The opening palate is a mirror of the nose. Herbs and earth jump in late and stay through the finish. This is just a baby and needs time. I'd like to retaste in 6 months to a year. 89

Male: Violets and cherry on the nose. Nice palate. Sour cherries and black cherries, leather, and clove flavors. Balanced finish. 88
Ketcham Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00 GREEN
383 cases produced
Female: Aromas of cola, dried cherry, dried fig, dried herbs, mushroom, earth, cinnamon...wow!Rich palate, many layered with dark cherry, baking spices, cola, and earth evolving as the wine opens. Well done! 90

Male: Mint, menthol. orange blossom initially...then the palate starts with solid acid and mirrors the nose but gives way to sweet cherry and other enticing layers. Beautiful, structured and complex. 91
Laetitia 2010 Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00
1200 cases produced
Female: Bright ruby in color. Juicy cherry, fresh raspberry, dried oregano, dried leaves, and wood spice on the nose. Tart pleasing acidity complements the fresh cherry, cranberry, orange peel, and dried herbs on the palate. Refreshing and lively with flavors lingering on the long finish. 90

Male: Well proportioned aromatic of spice and fruit. Rich core of black cherry with lovely spice. Great balance! 91
Laetitia 2010 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00
330 cases produced
Female: Tart cranberries and oranges on the nose. Nice dark cherry, sour cherry and mocha on the palate and finish. Lots of oak. Needs time but plenty of fruit to carry. Lay this baby down. It will age beautifully. 90

Male: Fruit driven nose of raspberry/cherry jam with pine forest notes upon opening. A well made wine. Explosive fruit. Rich and ripe. Good mid-palate. Nice rounded finish. 90
Laetitia 2009 Single Vineyard La Colline Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00
220 cases produced
Female: Oh my, this is just a baby! Big in ripe fruit aromas and dark in color. Ripe on the palate too with lots of cherry - almost cherry pie-like flavors. The finish is smooth but will get silkier and more enjoyable with time. 90

Male: Cherry, black cherry, raspberry, and baking spices on the nose - classic aromas. The lush palate is masterfully wrapped in oak for a long tasty finish. 90
Laetitia 2009 Single Vineyard Les Galets Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00 HOT PINK
276 cases produced
Female: Nose of dark fruit and tea leaves. Raspberries and black currant flavors accented with toasted oak and leather. Beautifully integrated. Complex and long finish. 91

Male: Aromas of smoke, oak, vanilla, spice, and rhubarb. Soft and integrated on the palate with a pomegranate core. The long finish is drive by lovely minerality. 91
Laetitia 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $25.00
20000 cases produced
Female: Great nose of raspberry, cedar and cranberry with a hint of green pepper. Cranberry, coffee and big cracked black pepper on the palate. Enticing wine. 87

Male: Dark red core in the glass moving to lavender on the edge. The nose is elusive at first opening to aromas of bright red fruit and a touch of green pepper. The palate mirrors the nose with darker red fruit and black pepper moving in late through the finish. So young! 87
Laetitia 2009 Méthode Champenoise Brut de Noirs
Arroyo Grande Valley, $28.00
459 cases produced
Female: Aromas of freshly baked bread with a touch of cinnamon. A unique palate of red fruit combines with spiced apple and blanched almonds. Lively acidity accent the precise, fresh finish. 92

Male: Toast and spice combine with ripe strawberry and lite fresh apple on the nose. Nicely layered and complex mid palate of cherry and raspberry are woven together before finishing fresh and bright with a touch of well placed minerality. 90
LaMontagne Winery 2010 Theron Clos Pepe Vineyards Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $58.00 DARK GREEN
124 cases produced
Female: Bright and beautiful purplish color in the glass. Dark fruit aromas with just enough toasted oak to lure you in. The initial flavors of dark cherry and currant lead to interesting leather and licorice on the long and pleasant finish. 92

Male: Blackberry, black cherry, sweet spice, soy, mint, and dry herb aromas. Lush fruit over the mid-palate. Tart cherry pie flavors with a wonderful finish. 91
Landy Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $46.00
600 cases produced
Female: Black raspberry aromas. The flavors confirm the nose then coffee notes kick in. Interesting! There is an unexpected creaminess on the palate. Will age beautifully. 89

Male: Intriguing nose of red fruits, cinnamon, and vanilla. Expands even more than expected… "And I expect a lot from the nose." Great length. Full mouth feel with lovely acid. Further hints of orange peel, and green tea on the finish. 91
Lumos 2009 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR, $34.00 NAVY BLUE
421 cases produced
Female: Black cherry with earth and barnyard notes introduce this wine. Blackberry fruit. The juicy blackberry fruit is nicely complemented with high acidity. Earth and black pepper join mid-palate where the flavors mingle and linger on the finish. 91

Male: The soft strawberry flavors are driven by whole cluster notes. Well proportioned throughout offering fruit and spice. Nice acidity. 88
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $24.00 GOLD
1500 cases produced
Female: Cherry, cola, quinine, raspberry, forest floor, cedar, smoke, chocolate, and plum aromas. The palate mirrors the complex nose. Acid and structure are mellow and allow the flavors to shine through. Well-balanced. 93

Male: Earth, Chanterelle mushrooms, black fruit, and a touch of barnyard on the nose. Spiced red fruit flavors at the core of this nicely defined wine. Precise and pleasing finish. 88
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
600 cases produced
Female: Cherry, strawberry - Carneros-like aromas. Bright cherry, strawberry fruit with lovely cola on the finish. 89

Male: Strawberry, clove, vanilla, cherry, and rhubarb on the nose. Rhubarb, cherry, strawberry and clove flavors with dried oregano joining on the balanced finish. 89
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
450 cases produced
Female: Strawberry, forest floor, mushroom, and earth in the glass. Black fruit with cocoa and spice in the mouth. Nice structure. This is just a baby. Needs time. 88

Male: Dark.inky ruby/garnet color. Sweet, red leather nose. Warm, toasty red fruit mid. Long plum tannic finish.Needs time to come together. 89
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
600 cases produced
Female: Smoky notes arise from the glass opening to dark cherry aromas. There is a yummy blast of cherry on the palate with nice oak notes throughout. Lovely! 90

Male: Aromas of cherry, strawberry and cocoa powder with a hint of subtle baking spice late. Lush entry of ripe cherry and strawberry. Viscous. Herb and oak show mid and carry through into a tight but smooth finish. 89
Martin Ray 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $30.00
5000 cases produced
Female: Lush dark berry fruit with coffee accents on the nose and palate. Cured meat and white pepper join in on the finish. 88

Male: Cherry and earth on the nose. Big cherry (red and black) accented with dried herbs on a modern tasting palate of big oak. Good acidity and nice tannins on the finish. 88
Mud House 2011 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, $21.99 GOLDENROD
3000 cases produced
Female: Cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors. Beautiful red and black fruit core with clove, cinnamon and black pepper accents. "New World but not California." Nice! 91

Male: Despite being a bit tight aromatically, this wine exhibits a long sweet fruit accented palate with accompanying mouthfeel. Time in the glass makes it better and better. 89
Oak Summit 2010 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Hudson River, $29.00
175 cases produced
Female: Deep red in color. Intense raspberry and dark fruit enhanced with wet earth on the nose. The palate shows lovely ripe black cherry fruit at the core with violet notes and oak elements as accents. The tannins are grippy at present. Good length on the finish. Will get better and better with age as the tannins mellow. 91

Male: The nose comes at you in waves… Cherry, rhubarb, and subtle vanilla carry through to the palate with minerality and a silky texture through the finish. 90
Orentano 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
200 cases produced
Female: Rich and silky texture Plum flavors mix with bright and fresh juicy cherries accented by leather notes. Great density and weight on the palate. 91

Male: Blackberry and oak aromas open to black cherry, tart blackberry and black raspberry flavors that are accented beautifully with the oak treatment. Nice wine! 90
Pacific Coast Vineyards 2010 Babcock Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $50.00 GUNMETAL
100 cases produced
Female: Bright ruby in color. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, mocha, and toast on the nose. Wow! Chocolate, mocha, plum, and cherry on the palate. Not a lot of tannins here. Pleasing. Integrated nose, mouth, and texture. 90

Male: "I don't want to taste… this one it smells too nice!" Cherry pie, hints of eucalyptus, quince, boysenberry, and oak. Great fruit and impeccable acids on the palate. 91
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $35.00
450 cases produced
Female: The nose is pure light strawberry with a touch of mushroom. Bright cherry on opening, toasted herbs mid through the finish. 87

Male: Mushroom and earth aromas with secondary notes of black fruit. Black cherry with graham crackers in the background and dried cranberries on the finish. 87
Portalupi Wines 2010 il Migliore Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $46.00
157 cases produced
Female: The nose is reticent at first but opens to red and black fruit with a touch of anise. Dark cherry flavors on the palate with a touch of mint coming through. Good acidity on the finish. 89

Male: Deep plum, cherry and cola on the nose. Menthol, vanilla, and clove join to form the complex flavors. Interesting with a consistent finish. Young, needs time to meld. 90
Portalupi Wines 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $30.00 CRIMSON
253 cases produced
Female: Yum! Great weight and depth.Black cherry in the nose and mouth. Nice oak treatment. Big wine but nicely balanced. 90

Male: Oak spice, mushroom, strawberry, and dill on the nose. Black cherry on opening. Very voluptuous and succulent mouthfeel. 91
Primarius 2010 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $17.00
12000 cases produced
Female: Strawberry and forest floor on the nose. Light tart cherry flavors with moderate oak on the finish. 84

Male: Mushroom. black fruit and strawberry component on the nose. Lighter mid-palate with some lingering cherry and dried cherry on the back end. Decent acidity. 86
Red Birds 2011 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $32.00
447 cases produced
Female: Complex aromas of red cherry, plum and tobacco with added mineral notes. Juicy red fruit on the palate with black pepper and toasted herb notes. Appropriate acid and tannins. Very pleasant! 90

Male: Medium ruby in color. Pure cherries and spice from the nose through the palate. Balanced acids. "I like it!" 88
RN ESTATE 2011 Solomon Hills Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $55.00
205 cases produced
Female: Elegant and delicate wine. Strawberry, plums and cranberries on the nose with a hint of soy sauce. On the palate, nice core of bright strawberry is deftly wrapped with a light touch of oak. 91

Male: Earthy dark red and black fruit with forest floor notes. Rich opening of broad blackberry fruit with prominent acidity. Balanced throughout. Nice depth. Soft and supple on the finish. 90
RN ESTATE 2011 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $49.00
192 cases produced
Female: Floral notes, white pepper, and plums on the nose. Beautiful, delicate fruit flavors. Nicely balanced. Lovely wine! 91

Male: The aromas are intriguing showing raspberry and Indian spices. Great mouth feel with bright cherry on the soft mid-palate. Very young. Will get better and better with time. 90
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
2830 cases produced
Female: Dark and ripe cherry aromas. The flavors are very tight. Maybe this should be decanted or laid down for a couple of years. Way too young! 86

Male: Baked vanilla, cherry pie and big rhubarb aromas. Interesting nose! The palate is still very closed. Needs time. 87
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $20.00 AQUA
73500 cases produced
Female: Pine, lavender and rosemary aromas. Nice fruit on the palate. The finish is nicely balanced and medium length. Bright acidity. 90

Male: Beautiful nose, perfume quality with lighter cherry and raspberry fruit. A very feminine wine. Primary fruit on the palate. Great mouthfeel. Very good example of Pinot. 90
Roederer Estate Brut
Anderson Valley, $23.00
80000 cases produced
Female: A very refined bead leads to aromatics of apple and lemon zest accented by a sweet spice. The palate if full and satisfying offering up a nicely evolved combination of citrus and light cherry and youthful raspberry. Finishes nicely but would benefit nicely from a bit more acidity. 88

Male: Spiced apple and tangerine meld nicely with a toasty lees component on the nose. Nice depth mid-palate with noted citrus and dried cherries. The generous finish carries just enough acidity to balance out nicely. All in all a very nicely made wine. 91
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
Mendocino, $20.00
25000 cases produced
Female: A persistent bead opens up to aromas of citrus, apple, and yeasty lees elements. Generous apple and a touch of cinnamon fill out the palate. Finish is fresh and lively with a very refined sense of old world sophistication. 90

Male: Bright Fuji apple and spice weigh nicely with a distinct lees presence to create a very attractive aromatic. Baked apple and lighter red fruit of young strawberry and dried cranberry define the palate. There is enough acidity that restrains the whole experience and carries the depth of fruit nicely. 91
Schramsberg 2008 Blanc de Noirs
North Coast, $39.00
12,750 cases produced
Female: All of the elements found in well heeled methode champenoise wine are found in the nose including lees and toast with hints of almond and toffee. Fruit profile speaks of ripe apple and spiced pears with a richly structured finish that balances nicely at the end. Blanc de Noirs with lots of Chardonnay character but you can't argue with the pleasure it delivers. 90

Male: Color is a rather pale almost golden straw. There is a generous lees and yeast component in the nose that is evidenced before the spiced pear and hints of young cherry. The palate is lush with a fruit profile that leans more towards chardonnay characteristics of Asian spice combining with baked apple. The finish is lean and restrained which carries the lush fruit profile to a clean finish. A very interesting interpretation of Blanc de Noirs but it works well. 91
Schug 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $24.00 BRONZE
9203 cases produced
Female: The nose is many layered showing black pepper, wood spice, crushed raspberries, a hint of fresh leather, earth, and dried cherry. Nice tart flavors with hints of raspberry, cranberry, orange, violets, earth, and minerals. Mouthwatering acids. The integration is stellar. 90

Male: Intriguing raspberry jam, lavender and tart black cherry aromas. Tasty and somewhat tight palate..tart blackberry, tasty black cherry, toasted oak, and black raspberries. A lovely wine with good aging potential. 91
Schug 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
7050 cases produced
Female: Dark Bing cherry aromas. On the palate, the opening is fresh cherry then moves to tart dark cherries flavors. Youthful with a rich mouthfeel and young tannins. Lay this baby down and you will be rewarded. 90

Male: Black cherry aromas accented with very nice whiffs of herbs de Provence. Cedar, cola, cinnamon and other complex flavors enhance the core of black cherry. Balanced finish. 90
Schug 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
245 cases produced
Female: The rich bouquet says: "Carneros" with wild cherries, berries and a hint of black pepper. On the palate, Bing cherry and strawberry wearing a wrap of oak that peels back of the finish to reveal some nice acid. 90

Male: Aromas of black cherry, dark spices and herbs. Black cherry continues onto the palate where it is deftly surrounded with oak. Well balanced. 90
Schug 2009 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
785 cases produced
Female: Dark spices, red and black fruit on the nose and palate. The oak is steps up on the palate. There is nice acid on the finish. 88

Male: Cherries, cranberries and rose petals on the nose with a touch of baking spice. The palate is darker on showing deeper fruit flavors and toasted oak elements through the finish. Lay this baby down. It will reward you. 89
Sean Minor 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $19.99
25000 cases produced
Female: Big and dense with cherry and smoke on the nose. Lovely strawberry and cherry with accents of mushroom and stewed meats. Nice oak treatment. Bold but precise wine. 89

Male: Warm cola and berries with a touch of mint on the nose. Cherries and roses on opening with cranberry, cola and cedar joining mid-palate. Slightly sweet on the finish. 89
Sean Minor 4 Bears 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $14.99
15000 cases produced
Female: The nose shows earth and an appealing muskiness. The complex palate is beautiful with spice accented pomegranate. Silky palate with toasted oak on the long finish. Complex. 90

Male: Soft and sexy in appearance. Bouquet of black cherry and cloves. Minerality on the palate drives thos classic Pinot Noir from entry through the deft finish. Attractive and well made. 90
Segura Viudas Sparkling Pinot Noir
Cava, $15.00
1000 cases produced
Female: A stunning color of shimmering deep ruby. Cranberry and pomegranate with earth and minerals form a unique aromatic sense. Lots of well placed acidity frame the ripe cherry/strawberry with a touch of clove and orange peel on the palate. A long finish that carries a distinctive minerality leaves a lasting impression to this wine. 90

Male: Subtle notes of perfumed red fruit, hay, and herbs combine with a soft lees presence to define a distinctive nose. Riper tones of cherry along with orange peel and tangerine combine on the palate. A very lively finish creates the final touch to this unique and very interesting sparkling wine. A lovely complement to nuts and cheese. 88
Signorello Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma, $50.00
90 cases produced
Female: A very youthful wine. The lovely sweet and dark cherry fruit peeks out from beneath the oak. Needs cellar time and/or decanting. 90

Male: Dark ruby in color. Aromas of cherry, black cherry and oak spice. Big cherry, and spicy black fruit at the core with well defined oak elements on the finish. 89
Signorello Estate 2010 Las Amigas Carneros Pinot Noir
Napa, $50.00
90 cases produced
Female: Dark cola, and licorice notes throughout. Intense dark fruit on the palate. Dig tannins. An amazing wine but so youthful. "I want to taste this again in 10 to 12 months." 89

Male: The wine has a medium dark center with an orange/ruby rim. Aromas of cherry, baking spice and earth notes. Black and red cherry flavors with coffee and chocolate on the finish. Great extraction. Well-made. 89
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2010 Reserve Christian's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lake County, $45.00
150 cases produced
Female: Warm fruit compote on the nose. Ripe and cooked fruit on the palate. Nice acid and well integrated tannins. 89

Male: Big, expansive wine...more on the palate than the nose. Dark, fruit focused with hints of leather and cola. Outstanding length. 90
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2010 Freestone Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $40.00
1900 cases produced
Female: Wild berry and black raspberry combine with a lovely floral/lavender quality on the nose. The combination of blackfruit and fresh cherry work with noted tannins and spice to fill out the palate. Drinking young and will only get better with time. 90

Male: Elegant aromatics of black fruit combining nicely with spice, lavender, and mushroom. Palate is restrained with layers of black fruit and fresh raspberry with tannins that provide nice structure. Well balanced by its lively acidity. 91
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2009 Balistreri Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $75.00
328 cases produced
Female: Dark ruby with a glistening brightness leads to black cherry, spice, and floral notes. Lots of intensity on palate with layers of black fruit and brown spice. A long finish is well definined by crisp acidity. 92

Male: Supple and elegant with a dramatic core of complex blackfruit. Nose offers up mature black cherry with earth and mushroom notes framed by spice and forest floor. Palate is complex black fruit with dried flowers and mineral notes finishing with cleansing acidity. Think red meat for this. 92
Spoiled Dog Winery 2011 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $27.99
160 cases produced
Female: Perfume and cherry candy aromas lead to a sweet cherry palate. Vibrant finish. 88

Male: Pleasant black cherry and cola aromas. Cherry coke flavors on the palate with a touch of acid on the finish. 87
St. Joseph Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $19.99
400 cases produced
Female: The nose is unpleasant at first but with lots of aeration opens to cola, dried red fruit and mushroom. Dark cherry surrounded by herbs and oak on the palate. Definitely a food wine and ideally decant for 30 minutes before serving. 86

Male: Mushroom, jalapeno, cut hay, and cola berry aromas lead to dried red fruit (mostly cranberries), spice, dill, and other dried herbs. 84
St. Joseph Vineyard 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $29.99
100 cases produced
Female: Dried cherry and cherry jam aromas. On the palate, oak surrounds a solid core of cherry fruit. Just a touch of acid shows through on the finish. 85

Male: Nice combination of warm, bright black cherry and spice aromas with some Concord grape behind, but the wine still maintains a nice Pinot Noir definition. Rich mid palate with black fruit and cherry enhanced by graham cracker and vanilla notes. Soft tannins on the nice finish. 87
Stephen's 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $40.00
180 cases produced
Female: Fresh raspberry, plum, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and cinnamon aromas. Juicy fruit on the palate reflects the nose. Cranberry, dusty tannins and acid on the finish. Very youthful. Needs time. 88

Male: Dark ruby color in the glass. The nose is focused showing black cherry, tart cherry, tart red berry, and cola notes. Black cherry and tart plum flavors on the palate. good acidity. Medium plus tannins on the finish.I would like to lay this wine down for 2 to 3 years of additional aging. It has the bandwidth. 89
Ten Acre 2010 Cummings Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
200 cases produced
Female: Christmas spice aromas open to bright strawberry fruit. Great acid. Balanced but needs a bit of time for full incorporation. Nice and will get better with time. 89

Male: The nose is reticent at first opening to plum, cocoa powder and dried leaf aromas. Lush palate with big plum and black cherry dominant. Cola and herb on the smooth mid-palate. Big tannins on the finish. 89
Ten Acre 2010 Jenkins Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
130 cases produced
Female: Jammy red fruit aromas with vanilla and cedar accents that are replicated on the palate. Smooth finish of raspberries and black pepper. 89

Male: Aromas of concentrated cherry with dead leaf notes then damp earth and barnyard. Dark black fruit - chalky tannins. Layered and interesting. 90
Ten Acre 2010 Stephens Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00 PURPLE
190 cases produced
Female: Cherries and tarragon aromas lead to sweet dark cherry flavors on opening. Baking spices add to the mix on the finish, Great acidity! 90

Male: Warm earth, spice and cola on the nose. Deep in color. Very rounded in the mouth - full of blackberry flavors accented with baking spices and earth notes. Very inviting! Very fun! 92
Ten Acre 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00
250 cases produced
Female: Earth and mushroom notes on the nose lead to ripe cherry and raspberry flavors. Beautifully balanced with great acidity. 90

Male: Wild berry and forest aromas deliver black cherry, mushroom and lavender notes on the palate. Nicely rounded tannins and racy acidity on the finish. 90
Ten Acre 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
250 cases produced
Female: Dark and ripe berry aromas with an anise back note. The palate is lush showing black and cherry treated respectfully with oak. 89

Male: Aromas of ripe Bing cherry showing a hint of cola on aeration. The palate mirrors the nose with baking spice late. Nice weight on the palate with just enough acid to balance it all out. 89
The Four Graces 2010 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $32.00 COBALT
9500 cases produced
Female: The nose is elusive at first but opens to floral, barnyard and light red fruit. The palate reflects the nose, expanding mid-palate. A mellow and expressive wine showing Old World characteristics. "Oregon?" 89

Male: Gentle waft of barnyard (Brett), cherry cola, strawberry, and baking spice in the glass. Strawberry, clove and cola on opening. All the elements on the nose show mid-palate and integrate beautifully through the complex finish. 91
The Four Graces 2010 Black Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $45.00
900 cases produced
Female: Pleasant sour cherry and vanilla on the nose. Sour cherry repeats on the palate enhanced by notes of clove and leather. Nice balancing acid on the lovely finish. 89

Male: Sour cherry and quinine support a delicate though lengthy and balanced wine. The finish is incredibly impressive! 90
The Naked Grape Pinot Noir
California, $7.99
100000 cases produced
Female: Raspberry fizzy and cherry lifesavers on the nose. Sweet red fruit on the palate. Nice acid on the finish. Fun! 86

Male: The nose is candied like cherry coke. Very fruity on the palate - strawberry soda-like. Simple and easy to drink. Not exactly a Pinot but fun. 84
Three Brothers Winery & Estates 2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Seneca Lake - Finger Lakes, $16.00
250 cases produced
Female: Delicate, light in color. Very light strawberry flavors with a whiff of lavender on opening. Broadens on the palate. Enjoy with grilled chicken. 86

Male: Pale is color. The nose is elusive, then shows a hint of sugared cherry and milk chocolate. Sour cherry flavors. 83
Three Brothers Winery & Estates 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Seneca Lake - Finger Lakes, $16.00
198 cases produced
Female: Nice translucent color. Jolly rancher candies on the nose. Cranberry sweetening through the palate. The nose is pretty sweet but the palate is actually subtle. 86

Male: Candied cherry, cherry and sour cherry throughout. Simple and easy to enjoy. 84
TR Elliott 2009 Queste Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $44.00 SALMON
358 cases produced
Female: Raspberry leaf and delicate red fruit on the nose. Lighter style with raspberry and pomegranate with nice, earth, and cedar notes. Firm tannins nicely balanced with acid. 91

Male: Focused tart cherry and cranberry nose. Lively red fruit and spice at the core. Nice acidity on the finish. Should age very nicely over the next 4-5 years. 90
Turning Leaf Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
100000 cases produced
Female: A big hit of sweet fruit on the nose that carries onto the palate and through the finish. 85

Male: Cola and cherry on the nose. The mouthfeel is fairly generous with lots of candied red fruit. Cola on the finish. 86
Urban Legend 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
225 cases produced
Female: Earthy, mushroom and forest floor aromas. Plum, raspberry and tea leaves on opening giving way to added vanilla and floral notes on the finish. 89

Male: The bright strawberry nose repeats on the palate. There's a tinge of acid and spice on the mid-palate with some subtle minerality as well. Nice balance and a finish that lingers for a minute or more. 90
Ventana 2010 Ventana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $32.00 TEAL
800 cases produced
Female: Strawberry jam aromas repeat on the palate with pure and ripe cherry mid. Baking spices on the finish and a touch of acid. 89

Male: Black cherry, anise, cola berry, and a garden after a Spring rain. Nice meld of ripe strawberry and black cherry flavors with baking spices and dried herbs on the finish. 91
Ventana 2011 Ventana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $32.00
750 cases produced
Female: Herbs, black currant and milk chocolate on the nose. The herbs and black currant are delivered on the palate. Black pepper on the finish. Nice balance. Long finish. 90

Male: Strawberries and sweet bubblegum aromas open to rich, very ripe fruit. Generous fruit mid-mouth. Lively finish. 88
Votre Sante 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $14.00
46000 cases produced
Female: Dried plums and sweet blackberry aromas are replicated on entry through the long dusty finish. 87

Male: Black cherries throughout with sandal wood notes and supple but dusty tannins. 86
Weibel Family 2010 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley, $16.95
279 cases produced
Female: The nose shows sweet preserves, black cherry, cola, and licorice. Lighter Pinot Noir style. Black fruit preserves and smoke flavors. 85

Male: Strawberry jam on the nose. Light strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Simple and easy to drink. 85
Westport Rivers 2010 2nd Flight Pinot Noir
Southeastern New England, $30.00
350 cases produced
Female: Barnyard, fresh cherry and cranberry aromas repeat on the palate with subtle oak nuances. Light rhubarb and cranberry with a touch of acid on the finish. 87

Male: A honeyed mead with red fruit profile on the nose. Notes of ripe cranberries, rhubarb and cherry on entry with green pepper notes mid and spice on the finish. Nice balance between fruit and spice. Pleasant acidity. 87
Westport Rivers 2010 Flying Pig Pinot Noir
Southeastern New England, $30.00
850 cases produced
Female: Barnyard aromas with a hint of cherry peeking through. Light cranberry flavors on opening with ripe but light cherry mid-palate and a touch of oak and acidity on the finish. 86

Male: Aromas of spiced Bing cherry with honey back notes. Ripe fresh tomato flavors with a hint of mint. 83
Woodworth Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00
150 cases produced
Female: Very light ruby color in the glass. Dried cherry and light strawberry aromas delivering dried red fruit and a hint of spice onto the palate. Oak and acid balanced through the finish. 87

Male: Smoky gravel on the front aromatics lead to nice ripe black fruit, strawberry and cherry. Nice weight and depth on the palate with lighter cherry and spice behind the dark fruit. Nice acid to pull it all off. 87
Woodworth Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00
150 cases produced
Female: blackcurrant aroma with vanilla and baking spices. The palate mimics the nose with the addition of dark cherries. medium intensity on the long finish. I like this wine. 90

Male: Ruby in color with brick edges. Dusty floral nose. Bright cherry with orange peel accents on the palate. Mineral, spice and earth notes on the finish. Good length. 90
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $20.00
4312 cases produced
Female: The mouth and the palate are perfectly connected. Red fruit, clove and cinnamon throughout. Beautiful acid on the finish. 90

Male: Dried cherry, cherry and oak notes in the glass. Cherry, vanilla, a touch of earth and cola in the mouth. The palate is long and appealing. 90
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Reserve Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $30.00
1582 cases produced
Female: Wild strawberry on the nose and palate. Ripe and lush with sour cherry notes on the finish. Weighty with zingy acid. 90

Male: Dark in color. The aromas and flavors are dark and deep too...tar, tobacco and cassis. Great length. Appealing. 90
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