11th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges

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

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Gloria Ferrer 2007 Brut Rose
Carneros, $42.00
2470 cases produced
(94)
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.
Domaine Carneros 2008 Brut
Carneros, $27.00

(93)
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.
Anderson Oaks 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $30.00
174 cases produced
(92) GRAY

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.
Chloe Creek Vineyards 2010 Leras Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
377 cases produced
(92) WHITE

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.
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00
708 cases produced
(92) LILAC

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.
Double Bond Wine 2009 Wolff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00
375 cases produced
(92) LIGHT BLUE

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.
Field Stone 2011 Vineyard Select Hopkins River Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Ranch, $30.00
150 cases produced
(92) BLACK

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.
Graton Ridge Cellars 2010 Estate Paul Family Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $50.00
176 cases produced
(92) RED

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.
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2009 Balistreri Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $75.00
328 cases produced
(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.
Ten Acre 2010 Stephens Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
190 cases produced
(92) PURPLE

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!
Alta Maria Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
4200 cases produced
(91)
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!
Anam Cara Cellars 2010 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $32.00
1200 cases produced
(91) CORAL

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.
Bargetto 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $25.00
651 cases produced
(91) MAGENTA

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.
Black Pine 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $26.00
1042 cases produced
(91) BURGUNDY

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.
Breathless Blanc de Noirs
Sonoma County, $30.00
300 cases produced
(91)
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.
Brophy Clark 2010 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $34.00
500 cases produced
(91) BLUE

Male: Cherry, vanilla, and rich chocolate aromas. The wine is generous but balanced and elegant.
Cakebread Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $49.50
2000 cases produced
(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.
Canihan 2009 Estate Canihan Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast/Carneros, $50.00
550 cases produced
(91) ORCHID

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.
Carol Shelton Wines 2011 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Caneros, $38.00
250 cases produced
(91) LIGHT YELLOW

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.
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $26.00
1918 cases produced
(91) WEDGEWOOD

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.
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00
4527 cases produced
(91) TURQUOISE

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.
En Garde 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $58.00
75 cases produced
(91) DENIM

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.
Enkidu 2010 Tina Marie Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
130 cases produced
(91) DUSTY ROSE

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.
Fess Parker 2010 Ashleys Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $50.00
1217 cases produced
(91) BRICK

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.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Carneros, $22.00
28000 cases produced
(91)
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.
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Jose S Ferrer Selection Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
900 cases produced
(91) PEACH

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.
Gruet Blanc de Noirs
Lower Rio Grande Valley, $25.00
40000 cases produced
(91)
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.
Guglielmo 2010 Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Monterey, $35.00
260 cases produced
(91) PUMPKIN

Male: Cherry and violet nose. Silky texture. Orange peel added to the mix on the palate. Tight. Balanced. Mouth coating finish on great length.
Hagafen Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir
Coombsville, Napa Valley, $32.00
800 cases produced
(91) DEEP PURPLE

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.
Hahn SLH Estate 2011 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $35.00
4000 cases produced
(91) PINK

Male: Beautiful mixture of fruit and oak. Strawberries, prune, leather are richly integrated. Vibrant, focused and persistent. Lingering finish.
Handley Cellars 2006 Estate Brut Rose
Anderson Valley, $40.00
613 cases produced
(91)
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.
J2 Winery 2010 Doctors Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $39.00
25 cases produced
(91) PERIWINKLE

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.
Ketcham Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
383 cases produced
(91) GREEN

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.
Laetitia 2010 Reserve du Domaine Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00
1200 cases produced
(91)
Male: Well proportioned aromatic of spice and fruit. Rich core of black cherry with lovely spice. Great balance!
Laetitia 2009 Single Vineyard Les Galets Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00
276 cases produced
(91) HOT PINK

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.
LaMontagne Winery 2010 Theron Clos Pepe Vineyards Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $58.00
124 cases produced
(91) DARK GREEN

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.
Landy Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $46.00
600 cases produced
(91)
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.
Pacific Coast Vineyards 2010 Babcock Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $50.00
100 cases produced
(91) GUNMETAL

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.
Portalupi Wines 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $30.00
253 cases produced
(91) CRIMSON

Male: Oak spice, mushroom, strawberry, and dill on the nose. Black cherry on opening. Very voluptuous and succulent mouthfeel.
Roederer Estate Brut
Anderson Valley, $23.00
80000 cases produced
(91)
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.
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
Mendocino, $20.00
25000 cases produced
(91)
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.
Schramsberg 2008 Blanc de Noirs
North Coast, $39.00
12,750 cases produced
(91)
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.
Schug 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $24.00
9203 cases produced
(91) BRONZE

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.
Sonoma Coast Vineyards 2010 Freestone Hills Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $40.00
1900 cases produced
(91)
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.
The Four Graces 2010 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $32.00
9500 cases produced
(91) COBALT

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.
Ventana 2010 Ventana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $32.00
800 cases produced
(91) TEAL

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.
Ampelos Cellars 2008 Rho Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $45.00
250 cases produced
(90)
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.
Ampelos Cellars 2008 Lambda Ampelos Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $35.00
900 cases produced
(90)
Male: Pleasant nose of violets and pine pitch. Classic black cherry, quinine, coffee, and leather. Finishes rich and balanced.
Bonneau 2010 Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $36.00
300 cases produced
(90) YELLOW

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.
Bouchaine 2010 Estate Vineyard Terraces Pinot Noir
Napa Valley - Carneros, $60.00
250 cases produced
(90)
Male: Smoky and dark character in the glass. Raspberry, cloves and cola flavors. Rich opulent style. A masculine wine.
Bouchaine 2011 Estate Vineyard Pinot Meunier
Napa Valley - Carneros, $40.00
392 cases produced
(90) KHAKI

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.
Breathless Brut
Sonoma County, $25.00
750 cases produced
(90)
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.
Breathless Brut Rose
Sonoma County, $32.00
300 cases produced
(90)
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.
Brophy Clark 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
1200 cases produced
(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.
Brotherhood Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
New York, $14.99
500 cases produced
(90)
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.
Carlton Cellars 2009 Cape Lookout Estate Pinot Noir Russell-Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton AVA, $30.00
768 cases produced
(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.
Chandon Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir
California, $22.00

(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.
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Runestone, Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $42.00
190 cases produced
(90)
Male: Very dark cherry red in color. Intense oak and baked berry aromas and flavors. The nice acidity makes the palate very interesting.
Cline Cellars 2010 Cool Climate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $17.99
7000 cases produced
(90)
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.
Cross Keys Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Shenandoah, $19.00
48 cases produced
(90)
Male: Deep ruby in color. Nose of dried cherry, violets and cedar. Good sweet dried cranberries nicely balanced with the tannins. Ripe and round.
Director's 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $21.00
17100 cases produced
(90) BLUE GREEN

Male: Leather, cinnamon, black cherry and sweet tobacco aromas. Fantastically sweet tobacco with plum and leather. Flavors. Linear, fun and different.
Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut
Cava, $19.00
1800 cases produced
(90)
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.
En Garde 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
125 cases produced
(90)
Male: Warm seductive ripe fruit and spice. Great varietal focus. Long yummy finish.
Fess Parker 2010 Clone 115 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
246 cases produced
(90)
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.
Fess Parker 2010 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
245 cases produced
(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.
Fleur de California 2011 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $18.00
5800 cases produced
(90)
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.
Francis Coppola Reserve 2010 Tomar's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
400 cases produced
(90)
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!
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2009 Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
406 cases produced
(90)
Male: Softly elevated and elegant nose… orange blossom, lavender and mulberry. Well placed fruit and spice in a complete package.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery 2009 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
Green Valley, Russian River, $55.00
626 cases produced
(90)
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!
Gloria Ferrer 2009 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $22.00
1400 cases produced
(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.
Graton Ridge Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
319 cases produced
(90)
Male: Nice wine! Cherry and violet notes in the glass. Great fruit in the mouth with baking spices on the long finish.
Grayson Cellars 2011 Lot 5 Pinot Noir
California, $12.00
15000 cases produced
(90)
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.
Handley Cellars 2009 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $52.00
226 cases produced
(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.
James Family Cellars 2010 Estate Produced Stony Point Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00
270 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark cherry aromas with dried leaves and tangy spice. Spicy dark fruit flavors with forest floor accents. Nice entry. Good balance.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2010 Steiner Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, $60.00
106 cases produced
(90) RED ORANGE

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.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2009 Santa Maria Cuvee Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $28.00
2348 cases produced
(90)
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.
Laetitia 2010 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $40.00
330 cases produced
(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.
Laetitia 2009 Single Vineyard La Colline Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $60.00
220 cases produced
(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.
Laetitia 2009 Méthode Champenoise Brut de Noirs
Arroyo Grande Valley, $28.00
459 cases produced
(90)
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.
Oak Summit 2010 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Hudson River, $29.00
175 cases produced
(90)
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.
Orentano 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
200 cases produced
(90)
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!
Portalupi Wines 2010 il Migliore Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $46.00
157 cases produced
(90)
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.
RN ESTATE 2011 Solomon Hills Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $55.00
205 cases produced
(90)
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.
RN ESTATE 2011 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta Rita Hills, $49.00
192 cases produced
(90)
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.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $20.00
73500 cases produced
(90) AQUA

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.
Schug 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
7050 cases produced
(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.
Schug 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
245 cases produced
(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.
Sean Minor 4 Bears 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $14.99
15000 cases produced
(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.
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2010 Reserve Christian's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lake County, $45.00
150 cases produced
(90)
Male: Big, expansive wine...more on the palate than the nose. Dark, fruit focused with hints of leather and cola. Outstanding length.
Ten Acre 2010 Jenkins Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $65.00
130 cases produced
(90)
Male: Aromas of concentrated cherry with dead leaf notes then damp earth and barnyard. Dark black fruit - chalky tannins. Layered and interesting.
Ten Acre 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $35.00
250 cases produced
(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.
The Four Graces 2010 Black Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, $45.00
900 cases produced
(90)
Male: Sour cherry and quinine support a delicate though lengthy and balanced wine. The finish is incredibly impressive!
TR Elliott 2009 Queste Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $44.00
358 cases produced
(90) SALMON

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.
Urban Legend 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
225 cases produced
(90)
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.
Woodworth Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00
150 cases produced
(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.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $20.00
4312 cases produced
(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.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Reserve Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $30.00
1582 cases produced
(90)
Male: Dark in color. The aromas and flavors are dark and deep too...tar, tobacco and cassis. Great length. Appealing.

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Angeline 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Santa Barbara-Mendocino Counties, $16.00
25000 cases produced
(89)
Male: Bright black cherry, fresh cherry and spice aromas. Rich middle with aggressive big finish. Yum!
Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir
California, $6.99
218000 cases produced
(89)
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.
Big Bend 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
97 cases produced
(89)
Male: Graham cracker, seductive black fruit, smoke, and light earth aromas. Silky texture. Leather and plum on the nice finish.
Bohemian Vineyard 2010 Estate Grown Freestone, CA Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
cases produced
(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.
Bouchaine 2009 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00
7800 cases produced
(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.
Canihan 2010 Estate Canihan Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $50.00
308 cases produced
(89)
Male: A touch hot on opening. Cherry and violets on the nose. Classic black cherry, Cedar, spice and plum flavors. Balanced.
Carol Shelton Wines 2010 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma-Carneros, $38.00
218 cases produced
(89)
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.
Chaddsford Winery 2011 Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $18.99
471 cases produced
(89)
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.
Corralitos Wine Company 2008 Dijon Clone Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $48.00
150 cases produced
(89)
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.
D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2010 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00
310 cases produced
(89)
Male: Nice mint character on the nose. Lighter style wine. Spicy cloves add interest to the strawberry fruit. Good. Light bodied Pinot Noir.
David Bruce Winery 2010 Estate Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $55.00
281 cases produced
(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.
Director's Cut 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $27.00
2500 cases produced
(89)
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.
Double Bond 2007 Wolff Vineyards Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $65.00
50 cases produced
(89)
Male: Impressive and concentrated nose showing mint and blackberries. Black cherry fruit with tight acidity and lingering tannins. This baby needs time.
Enkidu 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $28.00
400 cases produced
(89)
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.
Grady Family Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $18.00
120 cases produced
(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!
Handley Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $32.00
3485 cases produced
(89) LIME GREEN

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.
Handley Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $25.00
1058 cases produced
(89)
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.
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $34.00
360 cases produced
(89)
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.
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
600 cases produced
(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.
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
450 cases produced
(89)
Male: Dark.inky ruby/garnet color. Sweet, red leather nose. Warm, toasty red fruit mid. Long plum tannic finish.Needs time to come together.
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
600 cases produced
(89)
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.
Mud House 2011 Pinot Noir
Central Otago, $21.99
3000 cases produced
(89) GOLDENROD

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.
Schug 2009 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
785 cases produced
(89)
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.
Sean Minor 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $19.99
25000 cases produced
(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.
Signorello Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Sonoma, $50.00
90 cases produced
(89)
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.
Signorello Estate 2010 Las Amigas Carneros Pinot Noir
Napa, $50.00
90 cases produced
(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.
Stephen's 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $40.00
180 cases produced
(89)
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.
Ten Acre 2010 Cummings Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
200 cases produced
(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.
Ten Acre 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $38.00
250 cases produced
(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.
Arcturos 2010 Pinot Noir
Michigan, $27.50
325 cases produced
(88)
Male: Dried cherry and spice aromas lead to tart red fruit flavors in the mouth with nice acidity on the finish. Nicely balanced.
Blazon 2010 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $14.99
1000 cases produced
(88)
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.
Block Nine 2011 Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $13.00
30000 cases produced
(88)
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.
Bonneau 2011 Rose Pinot Noir
California, $20.00
250 cases produced
(88)
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,
Buccio 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $24.00
198 cases produced
(88)
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.
Ciccone 2011 Estate Bottled Pinot Noir
Leelanau Pennisula, $17.95
330 cases produced
(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.
Corralitos Wine Company 2009 La Tache Clone Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $54.00
150 cases produced
(88)
Male: Pale ruby color. Strawberries on the nose. Light red fruit flavors with dried flower accents. Tea on the pleasant finish.
Cross Keys Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
Shenandoah, $19.00
200 cases produced
(88)
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.
David Bruce Winery 2010 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $40.00
928 cases produced
(88)
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.
Isidors Choice 2009 Blanc de Noirs
Leelanau Peninsula, $22.50
500 cases produced
(88)
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.
Judd's Hill Winery 2009 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $34.00
260 cases produced
(88)
Male: Lively red fruit nose. Solid core of red fruit surrounded with gentle oak. Nice.
Ketcham Estate 2010 Ketcham Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
310 cases produced
(88)
Male: Violets and cherry on the nose. Nice palate. Sour cherries and black cherries, leather, and clove flavors. Balanced finish.
Lumos 2009 Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, OR, $34.00
421 cases produced
(88) NAVY BLUE

Male: The soft strawberry flavors are driven by whole cluster notes. Well proportioned throughout offering fruit and spice. Nice acidity.
Mahoney Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $24.00
1500 cases produced
(88) GOLD

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.
Martin Ray 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $30.00
5000 cases produced
(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.
Red Birds 2011 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $32.00
447 cases produced
(88)
Male: Medium ruby in color. Pure cherries and spice from the nose through the palate. Balanced acids. "I like it!"
Segura Viudas Sparkling Pinot Noir
Cava, $15.00
1000 cases produced
(88)
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.
Ventana 2011 Ventana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $32.00
750 cases produced
(88)
Male: Strawberries and sweet bubblegum aromas open to rich, very ripe fruit. Generous fruit mid-mouth. Lively finish.
Burning Bench Cellars 2010 Estate Produced and Bottled Moon Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Marin County, $45.00
90 cases produced
(87)
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.
Chaddsford Winery 2010 Miller Estate Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $34.99
158 cases produced
(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."
Claiborne & Churchill 2010 Twin Creeks Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $36.00
223 cases produced
(87)
Male: Cinnamon, very ripe strawberry and touch of barnyard on the nose. The fruit driven palate shows strawberry and currant. Nicely balanced.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Pinot Noir
American, $21.99
3000 cases produced
(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.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Lux Pinot Noir
American, $37.99
1800 cases produced
(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.
Davis Bynum 2010 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00
8500 cases produced
(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.
Fleur de California 2010 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, $15.00
7500 cases produced
(87) SEA GREEN

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."
Hahn Winery 2011 Pinot Noir
California, $14.00
50000 cases produced
(87)
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.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2010 Enz Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lime Kiln Valley, $60.00
338 cases produced
(87)
Male: Big and bold. Allspice, clove, cedar, Dr. Pepper, and black cherry aromas. The palate displays heavy oak. Tight. Needs time!
Laetitia 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, $25.00
20000 cases produced
(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!
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $35.00
450 cases produced
(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.
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
2830 cases produced
(87)
Male: Baked vanilla, cherry pie and big rhubarb aromas. Interesting nose! The palate is still very closed. Needs time.
Spoiled Dog Winery 2011 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir
McMinnville, $27.99
160 cases produced
(87)
Male: Pleasant black cherry and cola aromas. Cherry coke flavors on the palate with a touch of acid on the finish.
St. Joseph Vineyard 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $29.99
100 cases produced
(87)
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.
Westport Rivers 2010 2nd Flight Pinot Noir
Southeastern New England, $30.00
350 cases produced
(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.
Woodworth Vineyards 2009 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00
150 cases produced
(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.
3 Girls 2011 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $12.99
5000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Dark inky purple. Brooding black cherry and mushroom aromas. Very earthy - loamy. The oak overshadows the fruit mid-palate. Very smoky.
A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $20.00
175 cases produced
(86)
Male: Dark and bold. Oaky blackberry aromas lead to light red berry, spice and clove on the palate. Tart finish.
Diamond Collection 2011 Pinot Noir
Monterey, $18.00
75000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Cherry aromas and flavors throughout. Simple.
Imbimbo Family Winery 2009 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $33.00
120 cases produced
(86)
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.
Primarius 2010 Pinot Noir
Oregon, $17.00
12000 cases produced
(86)
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.
Turning Leaf Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
100000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Cola and cherry on the nose. The mouthfeel is fairly generous with lots of candied red fruit. Cola on the finish.
Votre Sante 2010 Pinot Noir
California, $14.00
46000 cases produced
(86)
Male: Black cherries throughout with sandal wood notes and supple but dusty tannins.

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Weibel Family 2010 Pinot Noir
Potter Valley, $16.95
279 cases produced
(85)
Male: Strawberry jam on the nose. Light strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Simple and easy to drink.
St. Joseph Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $19.99
400 cases produced
(84)
Male: Mushroom, jalapeno, cut hay, and cola berry aromas lead to dried red fruit (mostly cranberries), spice, dill, and other dried herbs.
The Naked Grape Pinot Noir
California, $7.99
100000 cases produced
(84)
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.
Three Brothers Winery & Estates 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Seneca Lake - Finger Lakes, $16.00
198 cases produced
(84)
Male: Candied cherry, cherry and sour cherry throughout. Simple and easy to enjoy.
Three Brothers Winery & Estates 2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Seneca Lake - Finger Lakes, $16.00
250 cases produced
(83)
Male: Pale is color. The nose is elusive, then shows a hint of sugared cherry and milk chocolate. Sour cherry flavors.
Westport Rivers 2010 Flying Pig Pinot Noir
Southeastern New England, $30.00
850 cases produced
(83)
Male: Aromas of spiced Bing cherry with honey back notes. Ripe fresh tomato flavors with a hint of mint.
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