13th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Men Judges

In a distinctly different format and atmosphere from other wine-tasting events, the attendees blind tasted the wines and pitted their palates against the expert judging panel. The wines were divided into 2 groups of 23 wines each (the Black Group and the Silver Group). The wines were dressed in Vino Sleeves and identified by a random color. The male and female votes were tallied separately.

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After tasting the wines blind, the Wine Lovers at The Pinot Summit were given 5 chips (red for the women and blue for the men) and were invited to cast their votes for their favorite wines with the chips provided. They could vote for as many as 5 wines or as few as one, indicating their passion for each wine by the number of chips they dropped in the ballot box.

13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit Results:
Men at the 13th Annual Pinot Noir Summit:
Male Wine Lovers: First Place
Graton Ridge Cellars 2012 Paul Family Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $55.00
DARK GREEN

Male Wine Lovers: Second Place
Comanche Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands $34.00 TEAL
Male Wine Lovers: Third Place
TR Elliott 2013 O’Connell Vineyard Burgonet Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $47.00 PEACH

Shootout Panel Results:
Male Judges: First Place
TR Elliott 2013 O’Connell Vineyard Burgonet Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $47.00 PEACH

Male Judges: Second Place
Handley Cellars 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley $52.00 PUMPKIN
Male Judges: Third Place
Double Bond 2011 Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir, Edna Valley $48.00 RED

The wines worthy of note are reviewed here. Each wine is awarded a numerical score by the male and female panels. The wines are awarded medals as indicated.

Complete Results of the 13th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout and Summit here

13th 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 awarded medals as follows:

Double Gold

92 or above from both Male and Female Judging Panels = Double Gold

Gold

90 or above from either Male or Female Judging Panel = Gold Medal

Silver

80-89 from either Male or Female Judging Panel = Silver Medal





TR Elliott 2013 Burgonet O'Connell Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $47.00
130 cases produced
PEACHMale: Sophisticated and alluring from the start. The aromatics tell you there's something very special awaiting. Black cherry, forest floor, clove and cola bean. LOTS of layers on the palate with a wild cherry, fresh raspberry, and pomegranate playing nicely off of one another. Refined and elegant on the finish. A beautiful example of the true potential of New World Pinot Noir. 96
Handley Cellars 2012 Reserve Estate Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $52.00
339 cases produced
PUMPKINMale: Delicate strawberry and red rose aromas. Lovely and delicate mid-palate. Great spice and acid on the long perfumed finish. Wonderful soft tannins. Wonderfully balanced wine exhibiting very deft and skilled wine making. 95
Balverne 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
245 cases produced
LILACMale: There is enormous appeal from the start as the complex aromas pull you in quickly to taste this wine. Intense black fruit highlighted by cocoa powder and forest floor. Initial impressions from the black fruit give way to layers of cherry and raspberry that follow. Red licorice is noted. Vibrant and alive across the entire palate with remarkable length and depth on the finish. You'll want to be careful with this wine as it invites you to want to enjoy multiple glasses!! 94
Double Bond 2011 Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00
350 cases produced
REDMale: Generous and very inviting range of aromas offering bright Bing cherry and freshly picked ripe cherry followed nicely by accents of cocoa, cinnamon, and well proportioned barrel notes. Palate is equally complex with the aromatic profile well stated in the beautifully layered palate. The addition of blueberry shows nicely. Just enough earth and forest floor to keep it real. The fine grained tannins lend a silkiness to the long, graceful, and well balanced finish. Lots to like here. 94
Armitage 2012 Dry Hole Vineyard Pinot Noir
Chalone, $32.00
250 cases produced
BLACKMale: Lots of drama and fun in the aromatics on this wine with spiced blackberry, cedar, and mushroom. Palate replicates nicely from nose with pronounced blackberry and freshly picked strawberry accented by Asian spice. Lush on the palate but with enough structure and well placed acidity to make it all work very nicely. 93
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Estate Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ben Lomond Mountain, $60.00
450 cases produced
Male: Vibrant and alive on the nose. Very appealing notes of ripe blackberry and pomegranate with some distinctive smokey tones. Palate replicates gracefully the black berry and pomegranate with added layers beneath of plum, black currant, and layers of attractive spices. Mocha and blood orange. A complex palate that dances across the mouth with silky tannins and wonderful acidity that balances this wine with both precision and grace. 93
En Garde 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $60.00
150 cases produced
Male: An enticingly seductive nose showcasing lovely fresh ripe cherry and distinctive floral notes. Secondary tones of orange blossom and rose petals add to the complexity of the nose. That complexity continues through to the palate with a delightful range of cherry, black cherry and sweet cranberries. Great structure carries all of the fruit to a satisfying finish that is long and precisely balanced by fresh acids. A uniquely expressive wine. 93
Gloria Ferrer 2012 Sparkling Wine Blanc de Noirs
Carneros, $28.00
9171 cases produced
Male: Lovely cherry nose leads to a rich palate of cherry and subtle minerals. Soft tannins, silky texture, chalky tannins. Fruity finish of great length. Very elegant. "This is a resting, alluring and sexy wine!" 93
LaMontagne Winery 2012 THERON Kessler-Haak Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $65.00
75 cases produced
LIGHT BLUEMale: Rich cherry and rhubarb nose showing wonderful restraint and complexity. Great varietal definition. The well placed graceful tannins offer a silky texture on a complex palate displaying vibrant acidity on the long and satisfying finish. A strong and lovely effort. 93
LaMontagne Winery 2012 Buona Terra Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
100 cases produced
Male: Lots of drama in the nose on this wine with rich black cherry and lots of ripe plum well accented by earth, savory herbs, and baking chocolate. Nice layering of fruit centered around both black and ripe cherry on entry plus lots of dramatic strawberry carrying across the midpalate. Stone fruit and earth with sweet mushroom. Lots of length on the palate which carries through to a luxurious finish. Yum! 93
Schug 2013 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $30.00
6243 cases produced
LIME GREENMale: Lovely forest floor and cherry aromas with a sweet scent of truffles and mushroom. The flavors mirror the nose. Further evaluation brings out subtle, dried flower impressions. Voluptuous texture, perfect balance and structure. Long, subtle, complex, and vibrant finish. A strong wine making effort has crafted a distinctive and inviting wine. 93
Bargetto 2013 Reserve Regan Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $45.00
301 cases produced
AQUAMale: The aromatics are fresh and very appealing as they combine a generous touch of young black cherry, black raspberry, and a deft touch of soft toasted barrel notes. The nicely textured palate showcases layers of both red and black fruit with sweet plum accented by cinnamon. While the tannins remain young, they are integrating nicely into shaping a graceful palate which will continue to expand with more time in bottle. The expansive fruit profile is carried nicely by the wines well formed structure. A generous amount of well placed acidity on the finish completes the full experience. 92
Cru 2012 Richard's Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $35.00
220 cases produced
Male: A wonderful sense of place is offered by aromas of wild flowers with fresh strawberry and Bing cherry. Forest floor and sweet mushroom add to this nice reflection of the vineyard site. Palate is well formed staying on the lean side but with complex layering that is very satisfying. Black cherry and red raspberry form a solid core midpalate. There is vibrancy and lift to the finish with the wines lovely acidity. Showcases true varietal character to the fullest. 92
Cru 2012 Vineyard Montage Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $23.00
4890 cases produced
MAGENTAMale: Toasted French oak elevates nicely with the intense wild cherry notes found in the nose. Secondary notes of saffron and leather. Rich and deep on the palate with intensely layered black fruit. The finish is graceful and balances nicely against the hefty weight of the palate. 92
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Horseshoe Bend Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
403 cases produced
Male: Crimson with a dark ruby rim. Dusty strawberry, baking spice, black cherry, anise, and blue fruit aromas. Rich and voluptuous on entry. Layers of beautiful fruit. Big and bold finish. 92
Fog's Reach 2011 Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco Monterey, $35.00
2824 cases produced
Male: Opulent and very expressive aromas of ripe black cherry and black plum highlighted by smoke, earth, and lovely forest floor. Saddle leather. Delicious describes the palate with nice layering of both red and black fruit centered around the cherry world. Flavors of rhubarb and spice show through and provide lift as it moves towards the nicely refined tannins that grace the finish ending crisp and fresh. 92
Gallegos Wines Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012 Boekenoogen Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $42.00
250 cases produced
LIGHT YELLOWMale: Inviting with a lovely complexity on the nose. Black currant , dark cherry, and spice touched by a hint of expensive leather. Palate is graceful and deep with a range of black and red fruit all wrapped in beautifully integrated tannins. A special wine. 92
Gloria Ferrer Pinot Noir
Carneros, $22.00
35000 cases produced
TANMale: Graceful and alluring aromatics offer up a unique combination of blueberry and soy followed by secondary tones of wild berry and light plum. There is lovely integration on the palate with even handed layering of both red and black fruit combining very nicely with the well evolved fine tannins. Polished and refined in every way capturing the grace and elegance that this varietal has to offer. 92
Graton Ridge Cellars 2012 Estate Paul Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
150 cases produced
DARK GREENMale: Light strawberry, subtle cloves, cardamom and violets on the nose. Nice entry of strawberry, cherry, dried herb, and baking spice with cocoa joining mid. Nice finish of fruit and herb. Beautiful balance. 92
Graton Ridge Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
497 cases produced
GOLDMale: Dramatic black currant with floral notes and toasted vanilla scented oak. Secondary notes of bacon and leather. Richly layered on the palate showcasing black cherry and ripe strawberry. Fruit is nicely textured and well evolved with well integrated tannins. Long and lush on the finish but with enough acidity to keep it all honest and true. Well made. 92
Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery 2010 Hunter's Cuvee Block 5 Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $41.00
450 cases produced
Male: Wild black cherry with lovely floral notes and hints of earth and dried herbs elevate nicely giving indications that some nice whole cluster manipulation was done on this wine. Richly layered with evidence of black cherry, raspberry and a little watermelon for good measure. The tannins are well evolved and have added an appealing softness to this wine while still maintaining structure. A complete Pinot experience with lots of appeal. 92
Karmen Isabella 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $42.00
1803 cases produced
Male: Lovely aromas of bright cherry and light plum accented by warm toasted barrel notes with a touch of vanilla. Palate evolves nicely from cherry to black cherry to ripe plum. A solid core of fruit nicely accented by nutmeg, dried herbs, and a hint of red licorice. The palate becomes expansive as it moves towards a finish that is well structured with great length. The nice balance to this wine should allow for further development. 92
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Goodchild High 9 Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $30.00
975 cases produced
CRIMSONMale: Ripe and dried cherries with dried spices on the nose. Vicous entry of red fruit with cedar notes. Well-balanced wine. The tannins are there but nice and soft. The mouth feel is balanced from beginning to end. 92
Mahoney Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, $28.00
700 cases produced
WHITEMale: Very inviting aromatics that are nicely restrained yet showing lovely and true varietal character. Bing and black cherry followed by distinctive floral notes. The palate captures both the red and black cherry with the addition of blueberry adding a nice layering effect to the palate. Earth and hints of truffle follow up nicely on the fruit. The prominent elegant French oak integrates very nicely to create a solid package on the palate. Restrained and complex and showing great potential with added time in bottle. 92
Merriam Vineyards 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
158 cases produced
Male: Aromas of richly layered black fruit with alluring spice and hints of bacon create a strong initial impression to this wine. The palate continues the appeal with generous layering of black fruit with black cherry and black raspberry combining nicely. Anise and nutmeg meld nicely with the complex fruit profile. Expressive and very alive on the finish showing great structure and depth. 92
Pleasures 2013 Pinot Noir
Califonia, $10.00
3800 cases produced
Male: Wild strawberry, clove, white spices, and a slight bourbon note on the nose. Wild strawberry entry with clove and herb joining mid. Lovely acid and spice on this medium bodied wine. Fruit and oak on the finish. "Nice tension!" 92
Portalupi Winery 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $32.00
273 cases produced
KHAKIMale: Nicely elevated and very appealing floral aromas…violets with citrus zest notes, subtle leather, black cherry, and a hint of brown spice (cinnamon and nutmeg). Restrained yet complex. This wine reveals itself slowly and elegantly through the long expressive finish. Not a workhorse, a true thoroughbred. Will continue to evolve nicely in bottle for years to come. 92
Ser 2012 Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $36.00
200 cases produced
Male: Light ruby color glistens. Cherry cola with rich ripe strawberry forms a very appealing and nicely restrained aromatic. Complex and layered. Black and red fruit are nicely enhanced by gravelly tannins and spiced barrel notes that leave a lasting and very enjoyable impression on the palate. Still young and evolving with great upside. Wonderful structure and balance. 92
Venteux Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $38.00
235 cases produced
SEA GREENMale: A beautiful and very appealing nose comprised of rich ripe strawberry framed by lush vanilla tones. The drama continues on the palate with black cherry defining the fruit profile with lovely accents of of cinnamon, clove, and cedar. Finish is restrained, precise and balanced. 92
Westerly Wines 2012 Westerly Wines Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $45.00
754 cases produced
Male: Pink/ruby rim with a light center. Aromatics of ocean, baking spice, sour cherry, strawberry, dried oregano, and basil. Sour cherry and strawberry on entry with dried herb and oak joining mid, leading to a juicy finish of fruit, herb and oak. "Nicely done!" 92
Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery 2012 Far Away Block Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $44.00
349 cases produced
BRONZEMale: Very light color in the glass. Burnt sugar, cinnamon, candied orange peel, and red fruit aromas and flavors. Velvety smooth with crisp acidity on the long warm finish. 92
Anam Cara Cellars 2012 Oregon Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, $34.00
1700 cases produced
DUSTY ROSEMale: Attractive cherry cola with sweet wild berry and floral notes on the delicate nose. Rose petals add to the allure. There are layers of thoughtfully restrained red and black fruit with ripe plum along for the ride as well. Elegant and restrained throughout. While delicate, the finish is long and precise. A well crafted wine with some unique subtleties. 91
Anderson Oaks Vineyard 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $25.00
284 cases produced
COBALTMale: Rich and inviting on the nose showcasing attractive notes of cassis, black cherry, mocha and secondary notes of coffee. As complex on the palate with a richly satisfying combination of black fruit and spice framed by well toned tannins and enough well placed acid to carry it all through nicely. Very appealing. 91
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Estate Beauregard Ranch Pinot Noir
Ben Lomond Mountain, $50.00
264 cases produced
Male: Lots to like right from the start on this wine with classic Pinot Noir aromatics of fresh strawberry and cherry preserves with a floral element and works nicely with the fruit. Palate is well formed and graceful with a nice layer of fresh strawberries framed by wild berry with Asian spice and slight hint of close and black tea. The wine moves nicely across the palate with well developed tannins carrying the fruit and spice to focused finish. Graceful and unassuming best defines this offering. 91
Blair Estate 2012 Estate Grown Delfinas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $45.00
497 cases produced
Male: There's a charming effect to the aromatic here with black cherry and an inviting scent of vanilla sugar cookies. There's a tight framework to the palate that deftly combines both red and black fruit with gravel and some fresh herbs. Light plum sits in the layer beneath. There is precision in the structure that lends itself to the lengthy finish that stays honest with some fresh acidity. 91
Bouchaine 2011 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $35.00
3200 cases produced
Male: Elegant and subtle red fruit with floral tones cast a nice first impression on the nose. Lots of bright, fresh cherry with back tones of rhubarb. The palate is equally reserved with nice layering of both red and black fruit with some light tones of fresh plum. Hints of licorice and crushed gravel work their way nicely to evolving tannins that will enhance this wine with added time in bottle. A nice wine to keep an eye on in the future. 91
Bouchaine 2012 Estate Terraces Pinot Noir
Napa Valley - Carneros, $60.00
370 cases produced
Male: Nicely elevated mix of aromatic elements including cola scented red fruit, smoke, black tea and friendly vanilla scented barrel notes. Taut core of red raspberry and wild fresh strawberry with savory herb notes. Fine grained tannins still evolving braced by lively acidity form a nice foundation for further development in bottle. 91
Bouchaine 2013 Estate Vineyard Pinot Gris
Napa Valley - Carneros, $30.00
440 cases produced
Male: Honeysuckle, light toast and ripe peach aromatic. Soft full palate in entry with peach and apricot flavors offering honey and spice notes. Lush and long finish with just enough acidity to make it all work. 91
Carol Shelton Wines 2012 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma/Carneros, $30.00
382 cases produced
GREENMale: Intense spiced cherry fruit aromas and flavors. Light coffee and cola notes on the finish. The wine is rich, silky and smoky...very appealing! 91
Cartograph 2012 Floodgate Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $44.00
191 cases produced
PERIWINKLEMale: Wow! Ripe cherry, juicy raspberry and cola aromas deliver the same onto the palate. Silky and incredibly delightful. Yum! 91
Cloak & Dagger 2012 Foggy Bottom Reserve Hidden Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $65.00
65 cases produced
Male: Dark purple in color with rich and jammy blueberry aromas and flavors. Vibrant acidity. Fabulous finish! A great match for lamb or steak. 91
Davine Cellars 2012 Byington Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountain, $38.00
400 cases produced
Male: Dark cherry with cola accents combine with fig, leather, smoked meat, and light mint. Lots going on with added notes of light forest floor. Big and bold on the palate. Dark black cherry and ripe plum with a layer of stonefruit beneath. Barrel notes of toast and soft vanilla and Asian spice. As it progresses across the palate a surprise layer of sour cherry helps balance the ripeness in a very pleasing manner leading to nice wash of fresh acidity that keeps it all in balance. 91
E16 2012 The West End Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $50.00
220 cases produced
Male: Candied cherry, dusty herbs, baking spices, and red plum aromas. Big and bold opening with sweet cherry and sour plum flavors. Herb and baking spices joining in mid. Persistent fruit throughout. Great acidity and balance...harmonious. Lingering finish. 91
Foppiano Vineyards 2012 Estate Foppiano Vineyards Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00
714 cases produced
Male: Aromas that elevate nicely from the glass of ripe cherry and strawberry jam aromas with a deft touch of graham cracker and soft vanilla toast barrel notes. The aromas replicate on the fruit forward palate with lots of baking spice and nutmeg to complement. Alive and lovely with a refined structure that offers up balance and restraint on the tasty finish. 91
Graton Ridge Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
212 cases produced
Male: Very light ruby in color. Strawberry aromas, bright and lively. Silky texture. Strawberry flavors with nutmeg and vanilla accents. Rich and concentrated on the palate. Lingering finish that is super long and elegant. 91
Halleck Vineyard 2010 The Farm Vineyards Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $67.00
260 cases produced
Male: Beautifully formed aromatics of elevated black cherry, forest floor, and lighter mocha and coffee notes. Graceful and elegant on entry. Ripe plum and and elegant cherry meld together with fine grained tannins to lift and carry the depth of fruit. Accents of baking spice and allspice with a deeper layer of red raspberry. Moves across the palate effortlessly to a long finish with just enough well placed acidity to draw it all together. Nicely made. 91
Halleck Vineyard 2013 Clone 828 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $58.00
130 cases produced
ORCHIDMale: Fragrant dark cherry and young plum elevate nicely from the glass. Fresh earth and light mushroom. The palate is nicely layered with lean dark cherry against a back drop of riper plum and black raspberry notes. Asian spice and a touch of black licorice add drama. Young tannins are slowly working their way into the fruit profile and provide structure. Young and alive with lots of well placed acidity to this wine. 91
Handley Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $32.00
2563 cases produced
WEDGEWOODMale: Inky dark ruby in color. The nose is muted and closed at first but opens to cranberry and rhubarb with back notes of mint. Red fruit in the mouth. Lovely finish with beautiful acid. 91
Harmonique 2009 The Noble One Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $39.00
711 cases produced
GOLDENRODMale: A fully evolved array of well defined aromatics consisting of ripe cherry pie filling plus lighter tones of black raspberry jam. Barrel notes meld nicely with the fruit. Palate continues the theme with ripe cherry and black fruit followed by a layer of ripe blueberry that shows best towards the finish. The fine grained tannins are nicely in tune with the deep fruit. Notes of baking spice and cinnamon. There's just enough acidity to make this big boy an enjoyable experience. Drink within the next 12 months. 91
Masterpiece 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $14.00
581 cases produced
YELLOWMale: Bright strawberry, subtle spice, pine needles, and cherry on the nose. Balanced entry of strawberry and spice. Nice herb and forest floor accents mid-palate lead to a balanced finish. 91
Portalupi Winery 2013 Russell Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $65.00
240 cases produced
Male: Vibrant and alive on the nose with layers of both nicely ripened black and red fruit. Notes of minerality and earth give a nice sense of place and authenticity. Ripe plum and raspberry are accented by fresh cut herbs and vanilla tinged oak. Lush and long but with plenty of structure to carry it through to the a satisfying finish that stays lively and fresh. 91
Willowbrook 2012 Estate Grown Estate Pinot noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
622 cases produced
Male: Aromatics of bright red cherry with a touch of cedar and lighter spice tones followed by black tea. Palate nicely replicates the aromas with bright and pleasingly tart cherry and a nice touch of light strawberry on entry. Fresh and alive with gracefully refined tannins and bright acidity. 91
A Blooming Hill Vineyard 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains AVA, $27.00
750 cases produced
Male: Blood red in color. Aromas of sweet blackberry and cherries with oak back notes. The aromas are replicated on the palate. Shows good acidity, good grip, and nice depth. Well balanced. Long, lingering finish. 90
Balverne 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $29.00
1432 cases produced
Male: Nicely elevated with some good drama on the nose offering up spiced cherry fruit and wild berry framed by warm baking spice. Palate is nicely formed with a generous layer of red and black cherry working nicely together. A second layer of soft blueberry shows beyond midpalate. Nicely placed barrel tones help highlight the fruit. The finish has nice length with a refreshing dose of young strawberry framed by young tannins. Stays alive with good acidity. 90
Bargetto 2013 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $35.00
276 cases produced
PINKMale: Light ruby in color. Mixed berries, anise, black tea, violets, spice, and a bit of plum in the nose. Lots of red fruit on entry with herbs joining mid-palate. Coffee, berry and herbs on the finish. Needs aging but has incredible potential. 90
Bonneau 2012 Sangiacomo Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $42.00
300 cases produced
DENIMMale: Dark ruby rim with a medium red center. Bright cherry, cola, mushroom, and meadow herbs on the nose. Mushroom and cherry on entry with chocolate and herb joining mid through the big finish. Lovely. Modern style. 90
Bouchaine 2013 Swan Estate Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $40.00
275 cases produced
Male: Dusty red fruit with flint and white pepper accents in the glass. Appealing mixed berry entry with berries persistent throughout. Brown sugar notes mid through the long finish when lively acid kicks in. 90
Brophy Clark 2013 California Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $34.00
264 cases produced
Male: Unique and very appealing aromas showcasing dark cherry with cassis, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Pretty! Palate offers up fresh cherry and wild berry with cola bean and toasted vanilla. Tannins are nicely evolved for a young wine at this stage making this very approachable and easy to enjoy. 90
Bucher 2013 Three Sixty Barrel Reserve Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
96 cases produced
Male: Floral and red berry notes are nicely accented by soft mocha and subtle vanilla toast and barrel elements. Palate is comprised of ripe black berry with noted cola flavors. Nice length with well evolved tannins. 90
Bucher 2013 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
584 cases produced
HOT PINKMale: Crimson in color with many layers on the nose. Aromas of strawberry, red cherry, black fruit, dried herbs, and a touch of mint. Pure strawberry flavors on entry with light spice and herb joining mid. The finish is spicy and smooth with nice acid. 90
Cakebread Cellars 2012 Two Creeks Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00
5000 cases produced
BLUE GREENMale: Nicely melded aromatics of floral tones, wild black cherry and sweet oak. Palate combines black cherry with appealing strawberry jam. Dark tones and dusty tannins combine to create a vibrant and alive structure on the palate. 90
Canihan 2012 Estate Canihan Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $50.00
700 cases produced
BRICKMale: Bright and alive aromatics showcasing a mix of red and black cherry with lavender and sweet spice notes. Nicely layered fruit on the palate with sweet cherry and wild berry followed by wild fresh strawberry. The complex fruit profile is well accented by highlights of Asian spice and cinnamon. Well balanced and very pleasing. 90
Carol Shelton Wines 2013 Larson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma/Carneros, $30.00
379 cases produced
Male: A very nicely formed aromatic profile of cherry and black raspberry, saddle leather, and restrained barrel notes that show as a smokey spice character. The dark berry and wild berry core on the palate is accented by savory dried herbs and cola notes. A layer of tart red raspberry lifts the palate. There are chalky youthful tannins still evolving with the fruit that carry the palate and promise nice things to come with more time in bottle. 90
Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mtns, $42
GRAYMale: Well developed aromatics showcasing a unique cherry cola character combining with bacon, brown spice, and leather. Richly layered, the palate shows nice development of complex black and red fruit. Ripe plum and and distinctive spiced black cherry are framed by mushroom and truffles. Richly textured on the finish with enough acidity to make it all work nicely. 90
Comanche Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir
Santa lucia Highlands, $34.00
200 cases produced
TEALMale: Ripe tones of black cherry, mocha, and cinnamon create an attractive nose. Palate is richly layered with both black and red fruit accented by attractive cola notes. There's great structure to this wine with carries to well balanced finish. 90
Consilience 2012 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $43.00
195 cases produced
TURQUOISEMale: Brambly New World style. This is not a Pinot for the faint of heart. Intense jammy blackberry aromas are replicated on the palate Big structure and dense texture. 90
Coomber Family Ranch 2013 Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $74.99
199 cases produced
Male: The color is a very dark and brooding. Eucalyptus, anise, leather, and bacon on the nose. Very fruit forward flavors with dark cherry at the core and vanilla surrounding the fruit. The palate is rich and full. The finish is big with lots of oak tannins. "Silver Oak" like Pinot. 90
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Pinot Noir
American, $21.99
7200 cases produced
Male: Gingerbread and vanilla with pleasing floral notes on the nose. Hints of jasmine and nice oak. Palate speaks of dark ripe cherry with blackberry accented by clove and anise. Graceful tannins and sufficient acidity to shape a nice finish. This wine speaks of Holiday dinners. 90
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $40.00
632 cases produced
Male: Dramatic aromatic with serious perfume, strawberry jam, violets, and light herbal scents. Jammy boysenberry on the palate. Silky smooth with a tart finish. A very inviting wine. 90
D & L Carinalli Vineyards 2013 Estate D & L Carinalli Vineyards Pinot Noir 100%
Russsian River Valley, $25.00
305 cases produced
RED ORANGEMale: Dark cherry aromas and flavors. This wine displays silky texture with good varietal definition. Subtle and elegant. Coffee notes on the slightly warm finish that shows plenty of fruit and length. Showing youth and strength with good things to come with further bottle development. 90
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Soul Patch Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
577 cases produced
Male: Glistening in the glass. Smokey black cherry and ripe black raspberry combine nicely with wild berry and forest floor on the nose. Layers of black and red fruit accented by toast and vanilla tinged barrel notes on the palate. Cinnamon and fresh earthen tones back up the fruit core. A solid structure supports it all with young evolving tannins and more than enough acidity to keep it all alive and together. 90
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $65.00
236 cases produced
Male: Forest floor aromas accentuate red and black fruit…Yummy! Layers of flavorful red and blue fruit with baking spices. Juicy finish. 90
Davis Family Wines 2012 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
227 cases produced
Male: This wine is obviously Russian River Valley, bright red berry and black cherry aromas with cola and baking spices. The palate is velvety with lovely acidity. The oak regime was skillful adding depth and spice without dampening any of the beautiful fruit. 90
En Garde 2012 Olivet Court Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $48.00
100 cases produced
Male: Intense cherry and black cherry is framed by aggressive barrel notes that accent with toast and spice the aromatics. Lovely depth of fruit on he palate. The red cherry on the front palate leads to deeper more intense black cherry and ripe plum. This is a big wine that is still in it's early stages of development as the fruit and oak tannins will continue build upon one another. There's plenty of well placed acidity on the back end to carry it all through. 90
Exuberance by Canihan 2012 Estate Canihan Estate Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $70.00
170 cases produced
Male: Red cherry with mocha notes with added wild berry and rhubarb grace the nose. There is nice layering of fruit on the well formed palate offering strawberry, baked cherry cobbler and hint of sweet mushroom and allspice. Notes of orange and tangerine midpalate. Finish is balanced and precise with nice restraint on the tannins which give length followed by good acidity. Easy to drink. 90
Fontes & Phillips 2010 La Encantada Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, $47.00
276 cases produced
Male: Violets, cherry and very meatyy aromas and flavors cherry. Silky texture. Some VA here but definitely on the acceptable side. Lots of oak on the mid-palate, but the finish is long and lovely. An angular and intense wine that is still integrating. It's very satisfying now but will get better in the future. 90
Handley Cellars 2012 RSM Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $52.00
386 cases produced
Male: Fresh spiced cherry nose. Lovely whole cluster mix of red fruit flavors. Dense. Lush. Balanced. Yummy! Drink and enjoy in its youth. 90
Highlands Bench 2012 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey, $35.00
2089 cases produced
CORALMale: A charming aromatic of cassis and black cherry with hints of rhubarb and cola. Secondary notes of bacon. There's a lush palate of ripe black fruit and ripe wild berry with elements of vanilla and warm baking spice. Nicely structured with evolving tannins and enough well placed acidity to carry it through to a complete finish. 90
J. Lohr 2013 Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir
Monterey County, $17.00
35000 cases produced
Male: Ruby rim with a medium dark center. Baking spices, sour cherry, wild strawberry, rhubarb, mushroom, and dusty herbs on the nose. Smooth entry of black cherry, cocoa, powdered sugar, mushroom, and herbs which carry through to the mid-palate. The silky finish is awesome. 90
LaMontagne Winery 2012 Sierra Madre Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $48.00
100 cases produced
Male: A nice fullness and depth to the aromas with nicely elevated red cherry, dried herbs, and anise. Nice secondary tones of forest floor and some mushroom. Dense black cherry on entry moves to a brighter fresh and slightly tart red cherry towards the finish. Great acidity keeps this wine fresh and dancing on the palate. 90
LaMontagne Winery 2012 John Sebastiano Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
175 cases produced
Male: Red cherry, wild strawberry, baking spices, and green herbs on the nose. Strawberry, cherry and cola on entry. Chocolate and herbs join in mid-palate as the wine moves into a smooth, balanced finish. 90
Lenne 2012 Estate Estate Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton, $45.00
495 cases produced
Male: Black currant and young black cherry elevate nicely from the glass with secondary tones of cedar, leather and a hint of mushroom. Fruit character of palate steers toward strawberry and raspberry with nice touches of judicious use of new oak. Well balanced and alive as it moves across the palate. Reserved and sophisticated best describe this offering. 90
Longoria 2012 Estate Vineyard Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
360 cases produced
BURGUNDYMale: Dark ruby rim with a medium dark center. Plum, cherry, spice, and subtle dried herbs on the nose. Plum and tart cherry entry with a hint of oak. Mid-palate continues with the addition of light herb and spice. Good depth to finish. 90
Lucas & Lewellen 2014 Estate Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $18.00
582 cases produced
Male: Aromas of ripe cherries with a strong minty note. Pomegranate ripe and full on the palate, juicy watermelon in the finish. Ripe and delicious. 90
Mahoney Vineyards 2012 Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
300 cases produced
Male: Cherry, mint, forest herbs, dark plum, and white spice on the nose. Lovely strawberry and cherry on entry. Smooth mid-palate with subtle herb and spice. The finish is fruity with chocolate accents and good acid acidity. Nice depth. 90
Marr Cellars 2012 Mendocino Ridge Mariah Vineyards Pinot Noir
Mendocino Ridge, $36.00
200 cases produced
Male: Crimson in color. Blackberry, fig, kirsch, pine, and forest floor aromas. Deep cherry and chocolate entry leads to a harmonious mid-palate. Voluptuous. Opulent with a rich, lingering finish. 90
Mercy 2012 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $38.00
130 cases produced
Male: The nose is gamey with cherry and leather notes. Cool entry with a nice mouthfeel. Very spicy with lots of fruit. Complex wine that will improve with bottle age. 90
Mercy 2012 Griva Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $38.00
155 cases produced
BROWNMale: Warm, toasty nose with a bounty of brambly fruit. Dark chocolate, blackberry and cherry flavors abound. Muscular Pinot Noir. 90
Pedroncelli 2013 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $20.00
3239 cases produced
Male: Intriguing black cherry, vanilla and fennel seed aromas invite you in. Very juicy fresh young strawberry on entry becoming bolder mid-palate. Silky texture with a nice touch of minerality on the finish. A lot to like here. 90
Poiema Pinot Noir 2012 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $19.99
400 cases produced
Male: Blood red in color with an orange rim. Strawberry, gentle spices and herbs integrate on the nose. All come together and replicate on the smooth palate. The mid-palate shows red fruit with light herbs and spice. Sweet oak and acid integrate into the long finish. 90
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 2012 Reserve Garey Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $54.00
94 cases produced
Male: Ripe cherry character on the nose and in the mouth with well placed spice and fine herbs. Wonderful vibrancy and good acidity mid-palate through the finish which is enhanced with cocoa, spices and a touch of coffee. 90
Ron Rubin 2012 Pinot Noir
Green Valley, $40.00
2293 cases produced
Male: Graham cracker crust and cherry jam nose. The palate is very nice with some unique spice notes. Pleasant spicy finish. 90
Russian Ridge 2012 Kent Berry Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $30.00
164 cases produced
Male: Distinctive aromas of dark chocolate and cocoa powder with spice scented oak on the nose. Lighter notes of wild berry and sweet plum. Alive and satisfying on the palate with well developed black cherry fruit accented by cinnamon and cola notes. There is nice balance and structure to this wine with a good mix of tannins and acidity. 90
Sante Arcangeli 2013 Split Rail Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $36.00
400 cases produced
BLUEMale: Pink/ruby rim with a medium opaque center. Forest floor, dried leaves, strawberry, and light, crisp spice on the nose. Light entry of strawberry with black tea notes into a mid-palate with clove joining in and carrying nicely into a viscous finish of all components. Smooth with good acidity. 90
St. Joseph Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $29.99
500 cases produced
Male: Nice depth of both black and red fruit with rich plum being the center of attention on the nose. Nicely accented by warm baking spice with secondary notes of green herbs but not vegetal. Blueberry and stonefruit with light Bing cherry for a restrained and nicely layered palate. Accents of fresh cut herbs and savory notes. There's a minerality that shows on the finish of modest but fine grained tannins. Ample acidity ties it all together. A distinctive offering and slightly different slant on Pinot Noir. 90
Stephen's 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
York Mountain, $30.00
230 cases produced
Male: Burgundian edge to this wine. Intense red fruit, baking spices and barnyard aromas. Rich and delicate layers in the mouth, showing raspberry with cola, brown spices, and earth notes. Well-balanced with a long finish. 90
The Winery SF 2013 Pinot Noir
North Coast, $29.99
1700 cases produced
Male: Sweet cherry, blackberry and flint aromas. Silky smooth on the palate with lively black fruit, spice and touch of earthiness. Complex and lovely. 90
The Winery SF 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $45.00
250 cases produced
Male: Cherry and raspberry pie aromas with cedar and toasted barrel notes. The palate is nicely consistent with the nose. This wine whispers, doesn't shout. It says, "Pinot Noir." Pure and straight forward. 90
Thomas Road 2013 Estate Thomas Road Vineyard (yes) Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $54.00
124 cases produced
Male: Elegant cherry, plum, baking spices, and subtle herbs on the nose. The entry reveals intense sour cherry and red plum flavors. Balanced oak and acid on the finish. 90
TR Elliott 2013 Bootlegger's Hill Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $60.00
70 cases produced
LIGHT PINKMale: Blackberry and allspice on the nose, (reminiscent of Tempranillo) but with an unmistakable Pinot Noir texture. Rich and full-bodied. Lovely ripe fruit on the dramatic palate which is deftly wound with barrel elements. 90
Trecini 2012 Estate Vicini Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
1000 cases produced
Male: Nicely elevated black cherry combines with toast and warm spice with a touch of clove on the nose. Rich and extracted with cherry and pomegranate accented by baking spice. Finish is nicely formed and full on the palate with just enough acidity to carry this wines weight. 90
Wollersheim Winery 2013 Pinot Noir
American, $17.00
1800 cases produced
GUNMETALMale: Tangy cherry and currant with orange zest and earth notes on the nose. Tea and tar emerge on the juicy palate and complement the fruit flavors. Deft oak notes show on the long finish. 90
Bar Z Wines 2013 Bayer Pinot Noir
Texas High Plains AVA, $32.00
90 cases produced
Male: Firm and distinctive aromatics offer very expressive black currant and lighter notes of ripe black cherry. There are notes of black licorice and white pepper. Extracted black fruit palate of dark pomegranate and ripe plum. There's a minerality that helps keep the dense fruit in proportion with help from some modest tannins. The finish stays together well as there is sufficient acidity to carry this through to a balanced conclusion. A rustic style that works hard to stay varietal but pulls it off in the end. Distinctive and interesting, this could be fun with grilled meats and BBQ. 89
Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir
California, $6.99
Male: Fresh ripe strawberry with a hint of pleasing sweetness combines nicely with Bing cherry to form a simple yet very inviting nose. The strawberry component on the palate shows richness and depth. A delicate balance between fruit and lighter spice tones. Fruit tannins provide structure on the finish with a surprising presence of acidity to make it all work. Very tasty and meant to be enjoyed now. 89
BARRA of Mendocino 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Mendocino, $20.00
858 cases produced
Male: Fresh cranberry along with lively cherry and raspberry combine with a nice red licorice note on the nose. Secondary notes of cola noted. Nicely developed palate showcases cherry pie filling with lively raspberry and blackberry. Soft tannins move the graceful fruit profile nicely across the palate with lift provided by great acidity. 89
Block Nine 2014 Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $12.00
30000 cases produced
Male: Cherry jam, cola and violet aromas with brown baking spices. Raspberry and cherry flavors with a soft and elegant finish. I'd love this if it had a little more backbone. 89
Bouchaine 2012 Estate Vineyard Pinot Meunier
Napa Valley - Carneros, $40.00
420 cases produced
Male: Pink/red rim with a light opaque center. Rhubarb, cherry, forest floor, strawberry, clove, and dried oregano on the nose. Strawberry, cherry and rhubarb entry. Juicy and herbal mid-palate. Delicate finish. Nice! 89
Cartograph 2012 Mariah Pinot noir
Mendocino Ridge, $48.00
112 cases produced
Male: Woodsy aromas, forest floor, Alpine strawberries and a hint of mint. The palate is creamy with dark cherry layered with brown baking spices and a lovely herbal note on the long finish. 89
Chesebro 2011 Cedar Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $23.00
148 cases produced
Male: A lovely balance to the well-heeled aromatics showing sweet cherry and cedar notes. A distinctive jolly rancher presence on the nose makes this is a fun wine to explore. Cherry combines with raspberry and wild berry to offer a well balanced palate. Well structured with evolving tannins offering up a delightful wine with up side in the months and years ahead. 89
Cline Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $17.99
14100 cases produced
Male: Sweet strawberry pie filling with hints of dried herbs and earth form the aromatic on this wine. Secondary tones of cola and barrel notes of sweet toasted oak. Simple yet nicely varietal on the palate with melding of both red and dark berry fruit with lighter touches of baking spice and a touch of cinnamon. A touch of mint on the finish adds an interesting note. 89
Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Valeta Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mtns, $62
Male: An opulent Pinot Noir with the ripe black fruit aromas that are replicated on the palate. The fruit mingles with licorice and slate notes in a delicate dance with the tannins and acid. lovely and persistent finish. 89
Comanche Cellars 2012 California Chareva Vinyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $34.00
90 cases produced
Male: Earthy and brambly in the glass. The aromas pull you in. The palate is layered with juicy red fruit flavors accented by dried herbs and spices. Silky texture. Nicely balanced. 89
Coomber Family Ranch Vintners Collection 2012 Vintners Collection Pinot Noir
California, $19.99
450 cases produced
Male: Bing cherry and mocha combine to create a simple yet nicely varietal aromatic. Palate is well defined and very nicely layered with a combination of black cherry, cinnamon, and an interesting minerality. Balanced and precise on the finish. 89
Cru 2012 Appellation Series Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, $25.00
512 cases produced
Male: A glistening ruby color with aromas of truffle and earth with black cherry and rhubarb. Cola notes add lift. Palate expands out nicely across your mouth with a nice initial impression of rich black cherry and dark plum with anise and brown baking spice. Well balanced with bright minerality midpalate to the finish. Soft tannins and very nice acidity. 89
Davine Cellars 2012 Regan Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountain, $38.00
400 cases produced
Male: Dark ruby in the glass with a pink/ruby rim. Earth and barnyard aromas at first sniff, then opens to add dark cherry and dried herbs to the mix. Dried red fruit on entry becoming juicier mid-palate, finishing with dark spices. 89
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
517 cases produced
Male: Fresh picked strawberries and nicely evolved red fruit with cedar and allspice. The palate continues with nicely formed fruit accented by red ripe plum with cola notes. Finishes lush and long with sufficient acidity to pull it all together. 89
Double Bond 2010 Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00
400 cases produced
Male: Classic Pinot nose… black cherry, cedar and cola. Complex palete with layers of fruit, earth and spice. Great structure and firm finish. Delicious. 89
En Garde 2012 Starkey Hill Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $54.00
125 cases produced
Male: Aromas of sweet cherry, raspberry and strawberry with caramelized sugar and black pepper notes. Fruit forward, silky and weighty on the palate with lovely mineral elements. Cinnamon and cola accent the long finish. 89
Grady Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $20.00
140 cases produced
Male: Warm baking spice aromas leaning towards Christmasy scents. Intensive rhubarb strawberry fruit with earthy pine and forest floor notes. 89
Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery 2011 Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $34.00
587 cases produced
Male: Earth, forest floor, and mushroom combine with soft cherry on the nose. Barrel notes add spice elements with fennel to the profile. Palate showcases distinct layers of black and red cherry fruit with accenting flavors of brown sugar and mocha. Well structured and balanced. A showy wine with some distinctive traits. 89
James Family Cellars 2012 Estate Stony Point Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $36.00
450 cases produced
Male: The nose displays rich cherry with a bit of orange peel. Lush cherry and strawberry flavors. Soft tannins with firm acidity. This wine has the ability to go the distance. Enjoy for the next 5 to 10 years. 89
LaMontagne Winery 2012 Rancho La Vina Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $55.00
100 cases produced
Male: Soft cherry and spice come together in the enticing nose. Graham cracker flavors surround a core of lovely black fruit. Will get better and better with time. 89
Lenne 2012 Jill's 115 Lenne Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton, $55.00
125 cases produced
Male: The nose is reticent at first but opens upon aeration...strawberries, red cherries, earth, and baking spices. The palate mirrors the nose with subtle oak tannins. Nice wine! 89
Lennox Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $32.00
177 cases produced
Male: The nose is warm and inviting, complex and complete exhibiting game baking spices and green tea. Extremely attractive mouthfeel. The palate is somewhat restrained and a bit simple but subtle and promising. 89
Longoria 2012 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $50.00
103 cases produced
ORANGEMale: Black cherry and baking spice combine nicely with toasted oak on the nose. Palate is complex and complete showcasing black cherry, cola, clove, and a touch of wild cherry. The finish has wonderful length with a touch of orange peel lingering behind the fine tannins. 89
Mahoney Vineyards 2012 Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, $38.00
300 cases produced
DEEP PURPLEMale: A delightful combination of ripe cherry and wild berry accented by brown spice and toasted vanilla oak. Secondary notes of bacon fat add to the complexity. Palate reflects the aromatics very nicely and ends with an engaging finish of soft tannins and well placed acids. 89
Manzoni 2013 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $35.00
708 cases produced
Male: Spicy black cherry, burnt sugar, cedar, and earth on the nose. Lovely palate, complex and layered. A balanced and vibrant wine, persistent with a long finish. 89
Mercy 2012 Riverbed Piont Noir
Arroyo Seco, $28.00
839 cases produced
Male: Attractive aromatics of ripe cherry and lighter plum are accented nicely by sweet scented vanilla oak and brown baking spice. There's a richness to the lush palate that that favors dark berry flavors with cola and light cinnamon. Anise and blackberry emerge on the finish. Ends with a firm tannic grip. 89
Merriam Vineyards 2013 Cuvee Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $28.00
325 cases produced
Male: Light strawberry with aromas with dusty strawberry jam flavors. Yum! Nicely balanced with oak wrapped gently around the fruit core. 89
Merriam Vineyards 2013 Three Sons Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $75.00
90 cases produced
Male: lively aromas of cola and red berries. Lush and alive on the palate with graham cracker and spice accents. Interesting wine. 89
Panthea Winery & Vineyard 2010 Londer Vineyard Londer Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $38.00
200 cases produced
Male: Black cherry, peppermint and hints of vanilla on the nose and in the mouth. Silky smooth. No tannins are apparent yet there is a firm structure here. Lovely, warm finish. 89
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2010 Mendocino Marguerite Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $50.00
175 cases produced
Male: Soft and graceful aromatics of cranberry, cigar box, and mocha. A nice hint of perfumed violets and a touch of forest floor. Black cherry, lively cranberry, and red delicious apple balance nicely on the palate with an accent of ginger spice. Bright and fresh on the finish. 89
Portalupi Winery 2013 Dolinsek Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
192 cases produced
Male: Crimson in color with the pink/ruby rim. Brown sugar, caramel, forest floor, cherry, and plum aromas. Cherry and plum entry with caramel joining mid with some herb on the finish. The wine keeps evolving in the glass showing more and more layers. An intriguing wine. 89
Spell 2012 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yorkville Highlands, $48.00
194 cases produced
Male: Ripe plum, black cherry, and smoked meats on the nose and in the mouth. Good depth and length. Balanced. 89
Willowbrook 2012 Kaufman Sunnyslope Vineyard Pinot noior
Sonoma Mountain, $42.00
197 cases produced
CHARTREUSEMale: Lively and inviting aromatics with wild berry, fresh strawberry, floral notes and spiced vanilla oak. The palate is seamless and complex with black cherry and ripe strawberry accented by a touch of light black pepper and earth. The finish shows nice length leaving a pleasing strawberry aftertaste which combines nicely with the well placed acids. 89
Windsor Oaks 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $35.00
97 cases produced
Male: Forward notes of violets and red cherry with secondary notes of cranberry combine on the nose. Black fruit accented by coffee and clove form a dense and elegant palate with nice length and balance. 89
Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery 2012 Arena Block Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $39.00
222 cases produced
Male: Light, bright nose with berries, brown spices and back notes of menthol. Cola, cherry and cinnamon flavors with earthy accents. Well-balanced with good acid on the long finish. Very pleasant wine. 89
Armitage 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $18.00
50 cases produced
Male: Beautiful floral nose with rose petals and strawberries. Cherries on the palate with a strawberry finish. 88
Asuncion Ridge Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, $38.00
100 cases produced
Male: Earthy notes, white pepper, black fruit, stewed tomatoes, and mint in the nose. The palate shows distinct and juicy black plum and blackberry flavors. Velvety texture. 88
Balverne 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $39.00
568 cases produced
Male: Blood red in color with a ruby rim. Wild strawberry, red cherry, red licorice, and subtle herbs on a gentle nose. Light entry of ripe cherry and strawberry with coffee and herbs mid-palate, leading into a viscous, finish of strawberry and herbs. 88
Baus Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $18.00
2600 cases produced
Male: Muted nose at first then opens to candied fruit. Lively palate nose a lot of ripe fruit. Velvety texture and good acidity on the cherry and earth finish. Good varietal definition. 88
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Estate, 115 Clone Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir
Ben Lomond Mountain, $60.00
120 cases produced
Male: The palate mirrors the fruit compote nose. Lovely acid. Well-made. 88
Beauregard Vineyards 2012 Mount Roberta Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $38.00
542 cases produced
Male: Light cherry and secondary notes of blueberry combine with hints of leather and sage on the nose. The palate is soft and pleasing with cherry and lighter dark fruit notes. Bright acidity works nicely on the finish. 88
Blair Estate 2013 The Reserve Delfinas Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $75.00
115 cases produced
NAVY BLUEMale: Strawberry, clove, dried herb with a touch of Brett on the nose. Strawberry and cranberry on entry with clove and herb mid leads to a smooth finish. 88
Chaddsford 2013 Pinot Noir
Pennsylvania, $24.99
327 cases produced
Male: Faint floral notes in the glass. The nose opens to cherry with earth, mushroom and a potpourri of spices. Predominantly juicy sour cherry flavors on entry with muted cranberry and raspberry elements. Spice notes join in on the finish. 88
Cloak & Dagger 2011 Pseudonym Coeur Du Val Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $65.00
50 cases produced
Male: Violets, spicy oak, red fruit, cola, and cinnamon aromas. Very attractive on the palate showing good balance and acidity with a nice finish. 88
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Lux Pinot Noir
American, $37.99
7200 cases produced
Male: Lavender and floral notes combine with red cherry and lighter tones of black raspberry on the nose. An interesting hint of pink grapefruit as well. A nicely linear wine on the palate with light cherry and a dusting of cinnamon on entry. Palate stays tight and firm through to the finish with evolving tannins and bright acidity. 88
Davis Family Vineyards 2012 Starr Ridge Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $55.00
375 cases produced
Male: Floral tones combine nicely with wild cherry and ripe raspberry on the nose. Secondary notes of cola bean. Black currant and spiced cherry palate fill the mid palate before carrying through to the young tannins which will evolve with added time in bottle. Polished and refined. 88
Double Bond 2012 Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, $48.00
400 cases produced
Male: High drama right from the start! Wild cherry and bing cherry combine with cola bean, vanilla scented toast and caramel. Replicating nicely on the palate with the addition of raspberry to the cherry profile. Mocha and baking spice grace the deep fruit nicely. The tannins are showing the early stages of that special pinot velvet. A sumptuous and delicious offering. 88
E16 2012 California Trenton 1880 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $45.00
320 cases produced
Male: Cherry pie aromas lead to blackberry flavors surrounded by herbs with some licorice notes. Lovely long finish. Well-balanced. 88
Elkhorn Peak 2011 Estate Grown Fagan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, $36.00
395 cases produced
Male: Intense black fruit combines with blueberry and brown sugar on the nose. Warm earth and gravel provide definition the the fruit. The lengthy palate offers nice layering of both red and black fruit and some noted black currant. Spice and a pleasing dash of black pepper. Lighter tannins work in towards the finish which also shows some blueberry. Enough acidity to keep it working together all very nicely. 88
Fleur de California 2014 Pinot Noir Rose
North Coast, $16.00
650 cases produced
Male: Lovely fresh picked strawberries on the nose with a hint of lavender and floral notes. Palate captures the fresh strawberry seen in the nose and adds a lovely layer of raspberry. Alive and fresh on the palate with a touch of pink grapefruit as it finishes with lively acidity. 88
Handley Cellars 2012 Helluva Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $42.00
192 cases produced
Male: The restrained nose exhibits pomegranate, a touch of earth anda slight woodsy character. Soft texture and mellow fruit are enhanced by good acid. Nicely integrated. Lovely lighter style with soft, fine tannins. 88
Harmonique 2009 Delicace Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $46.00
420 cases produced
Male: Classic Pinot Noir perfume. Nice combination of black cherry, cola and cedar that persists from start to finish. Great texture. 88
Harmonique 2009 Elegance Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $48.00
374 cases produced
Male: Well developed and evolved notes of ripe black fruit and boysenberry with distinctive mushroom and earth accents combine on the nose. Black cherry with baking spice and hints of cinnamon frame the palate which shows nice integration of fruit and tannins. Soft and friendly, drink now. 88
Helena Ranch 2013 Maggio - Reynolds Family Vineyards 75.4% Pinot Noir & 24.6% Assorted Varietals
California, $8.99
2300 cases produced
Male: Nice nose! From the ethereal aromas to the mid range flavors, the overall impression is soft. Nice wine. But broader and riper than one expects in Pinot. 88
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $20.00
5222 cases produced
Male: Subtle and delicate nose of Cacao nibs, violets, plum, and earth. balanced and elegant palate with layers of red fruit complexity with spice and vanilla notes. Nice finish. 88
Lula Cellars 2012 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mendocino, $45.00
600 cases produced
Male: Plum, caramel and baking spices on the nose lead to juicy lip smacking fruit with great acidity. Pleasant chalky tannins. 88
Oak Ridge 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 84% Pinot Noir-16% Zinfandel
Lodi, $12.99
850 cases produced
Male: Aromas that seem to speak of prominent whole cluster development give this wine a distinctive "New World Beaujolais" character. Fresh and juicy with young cherry and ripe strawberry. Interesting flavors of tropical fruit including mango and passion fruit create an interesting palate when combined with the more typical black cherry flavors. Very soft tannins but adequate for the job of lifting the fruit. A very unique example of Pinot Noir that is decidedly fun. 88
Panthea Winery & Vineyard 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $28.00
800 cases produced
Male: Cola, truffle, cherry and forest notes on the nose. Very pretty on the palate. Subtle, soft tannins. 88
Philo Ridge Vineyards 2011 Mendocino Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $36.00
250 cases produced
Male: Raisins, creamy caramel, raspberry and green pepper aromas. Young and light bodied wine. Raspberry, strawberry, red apple, sour cherry, and tangy melon...delicate and layered flavors give way to a lovely finish with racy acidity. 88
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 2012 Estate Pomar Junction Vineyard Pinot Noir
Paso Robles, $34.00
293 cases produced
Male: Light ruby rim with a light opaque center. Strawberry, mushroom, forest floor, chocolate, berry, and oak on the nose. Oak and good fruit on entry. Smooth and silky mid-palate with spice and herb integrating with the fruit, oak and vibrant acidity to carry the finish. 88
R2 Wine Company 2013 Signature Series Release Day Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $38.00
430 cases produced
Male: Clove, smoke, floral notes…the nose is a bit odd. Cherry flavors throughout with vibrant acidity and minerality. Not a lot of tannin here, but the structure is really fine. Balanced. 88
Rizzo Winery 2009 Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, $28.00
430 cases produced
Male: Ripe plum nose accented by distinctive mint aromas and light rose petal. Some nicely evolved barrel notes add warmth and depth to the nose. Palate displays ripe red cherry and pomegranate with a touch of cassis and black pepper. Tannins are well formed and carry the palate forward to a pleasant finish. 88
Sante Arcangeli 2013 Clone 32 Split Rail Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $45.00
98 cases produced
Male: the nose is ephemeral, but the flavors intensely ripe exhibiting strawberry, Cherry, fresh raspberry, and brown spices. Rich and powerful ending with lingering spiced fruit. 88
Schug 2011 Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir
Carneros, $40.00
605 cases produced
Male: A lovely since of place and authenticity are provided by the forest floor, mushroom, gravel, and ripe black cherry aromas. Secondary notes of caramel and vanilla add to the aromatic profile. The noted well developed black cherry melds with sweet cranberry plus savory herbs and toasted barrel spices on the palate. The finish works well with well placed acids keep it all in balance and friendly. 88
Six Sigma Ranch and Winery 2012 Kaj's Reserve Pinot Noir
Lake County, $45.00
150 cases produced
Male: Lovely nose of toast, cardamom, creamy cherry, and blueberry. The flavors mirror the aromas. Nice balance and acidity. 88
Summerland Winery 2012 Reserve Theresa Noelle (Estate) Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $70.00
72 cases produced
Male: Candied cherry, apple. flint, and espresso beans show in the nicely elevated aromatics. Racy start showing rhubarb and black cherry with spice notes. Juicy and well balanced. Good fruit and acidity. Nice finish. 88
TR Elliott 2013 Three Plumes Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $47.00
192 cases produced
Male: Precise notes of fresh picked strawberries and raspberry graced by delicate floral notes that include rose petals and young plum. Cola and root beer add to the attractive and restrained nose. Simplicity with elegance on the palate with straight forward fresh strawberry flavors and a dash of cherry juice. There's a nice spice edge complementing the fruit as it progresses to a finishe framed nicely by young tannins and good acidity. Will develop further. 88
Trecini 2013 Estate Vicini Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $40.00
1000 cases produced
Male: Floral notes and wild berry against a backdrop of young fresh strawberry aromas. Secondary notes of leather and tobacco. Fresh cherry juice depth of fruit on the palate followed by cola notes and light blackberry. Palate is simple yet well formed and honest to varietal character. Some notes soft tannins add structure. Finishes fresh and alive. A very nice picnic or brunch wine. 88
Woodworth Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir
Temecula Valley, $33.00
150 cases produced
Male: Distinctive earth and floral accented cherry and red raspberry aromas. Barrel notes add a bit of brown baking spice and savory herbs. Sun dried tomatoes add to the aromatics. The palate offers up richness formed by dark cherry and wild berry with accents of bacon. A distinctive combination. Tannins remain young but seem ready to evolve in step with the palate. 88
3-Girls 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 87% Pinot Noir -13% Zinfandel
Lodi, $12.99
6500 cases produced
Male: Ripe black fruit with plum and lighter cola notes define the aromas. The palate is a interesting combination of dense dark berry and lush pomegranate with cedar tones on the back end. Oak tannins are prominent on the finish which has some nice length and grip. A Pinot Noir that would pair well with BBQ. 87
BONNEAU 2011 Sangiacomo Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $42.00
456 cases produced
Male: The nose slants interestingly from sarsaparilla to forest floor with some strong spices thrown in. Nice mouth and palate. Well-balanced. Good finish. 87
Chesebro 2012 Mission Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $25.00
118 cases produced
Male: Soft cherry and orange peel aromas and flavors. The palate is tangy and alive. 87
Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mtns, $102
Male: Aromatics of warm ripe cherry with secondary notes of cinnamon. Earth and barrel notes provide a second layer. Palate is again defined by ripe red cherry and plum. Savory dried herbs and hint of black licorice. Tannins add lift to the palate with just enough acidity hold it all together on the back end. 87
Cru 2012 Appellation Series Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $25.00
506 cases produced
Male: Floral notes, black and red fruit, black tea, and leather aromas. The palate opens with black cherry and moves to sour cherry on the finish. Nice oak elements. 87
Del Rio Vineyards 2013 Oregon Del Rio Vineyards Pinot Noir
Rogue Valley, $28.00
3587 cases produced
Male: Cherry and rhubarb followed by smoke and earth tones create an attractive and nicely varietal aromatic range. Secondary notes of barrel and spice. Red fruit and cassis on the palate are accented by baking spice and light cinnamon. Finish shows some nicely developed fine grained tannins and enough acidity to keep it alive and balanced. Need time. 87
Girasole Vineyards 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $16.00
5700 cases produced
Male: Garnet red in color. Bing cherry and cardamom aromas lead to light red berry fruit on entry. Soft and simple fruit is joined by spice notes mid-palate. The finish is dry with cedar and earth accents. 87
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $20.99
886 cases produced
Male: Deep garnet in color. Cherry, kirsch and sweet Double Bubble aromas. This is a robust wine with a big opening showing sweet red fruit mid palate. Full-bodied, with a big finish. 87
Lennox Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $32.00
180 cases produced
Male: Candied strawberry aromas and flavors. Fruit forward wine with a lovely silky texture. Tart acidity on the long warm finish. 87
Mercy 2012 Zabala Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, $38.00
157 cases produced
Male: Black cherry, forest floor and vanilla aromas open to a velvety textured palate with good minerality and acid. 87
Old Soul 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 87% Pinot Noir-13% Zinfandel
Lodi, $13.99
2743 cases produced
Male: Immensely fruity with BIG black cherry and some interesting secondary notes of baking spice and anise. Palate replicates the generous fruit profile with some added cocoa and mocha flavors. Still shows some respectable balance to carry the gobs of fruit. Unique and interesting and will find an appreciative audience for the bigness of fruit. 87
Panthea Winery & Vineyard 2010 Estate Panthea Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, $38.00
200 cases produced
Male: Strawberry, blackberry, toasted baking spices and herb aromas. Juicy strawberry and blackberry flavors with a myriad of spices. Great acid. 87
Plum Hill Vineyards 2012 Barrel Select Forest Grove Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $26.00
100 cases produced
Male: Bright cherry fruit against a backdrop of lighter coffee notes and herbs. A soft palate comprised of rhubarb and light cassis and a pleasing slight sweetness. Tannins are well placed and stay consistent through the finish. 87
Prodigal Wines 2013 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, $49.99
245 cases produced
Male: Very ripe red and black fruit aromatics with back notes of rose and mint. Juicy raspberry flavors moving to sour cherry on the finish. 87
Ron Rubin 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $25.00
3098 cases produced
Male: Pink/ruby rim with a light opaque center. The nose is muted at first, but opens to cherry and cola which replicate on the palate. There is a very appealing minerality here. Clove comes in on the finish. Nicely structured with perfect acidity on the long finish. 87
Spell 2012 Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $58.00
149 cases produced
Male: Blood red in color. Cherries and a touch of sweetness on the rich opening with tangy fruit mid-palate. Nicely balanced with a long linear finish. 87
TR Elliott 2013 Queste Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $44.00
585 cases produced
Male: Santa Rosa plum, dark cherry, forest floor, cola, tar, and dried leaves on the layered nose. Bright red fruit on entry with forest floor joining mid-palate and cocoa oak and berry on the finish. 87
Turning Leaf Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
Male: Cola notes help elevate the nicely ripened and sweet black cherry fruit aromas. A hint of smoke and mint. The ripe cherry centered flavors create a tasty palate. Light cranberry notes help balance the ripe cherry base. Lighter spice notes add definition to the palate. Tasty and straightforward. 87
Weibel Family 2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $16.95
380 cases produced
Male: Tart strawberry and a hint of forest floor aromas are mirrored on entry. Mouth coating cherry flavors join in mid with light mineral and earth on the finish. No noticeable tannins. 87
Windsor Oaks 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $28.00
95 cases produced
Male: Aromas of smoke, forest floor, ripe cherry, and tomato open to cherry, baking spice, and sage flavors. Interesting and pleasant wine. 87
Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery 2012 Cave Block Reserve Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains, $49.00
134 cases produced
Male: Cherry, orange rind, dusty spices, dried oregano, cedar, and vanilla on the nose. Juicy cherry on entry. Smooth mid-palate with oak and herb notes forming a dry edge that moves to a nice acidic finish. 87
Angels Landing 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $25.00
3000 cases produced
Male: Nicely forward black and red fruit nose well formed with lively spice. Full palate. Evolving tannins. 86
Fleur de California 2012 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $18.00
11000 cases produced
Male: Sweet cherry nose continues onto the lively palate. Lovely minerality. Great quaffer. 86
Harmonique 2009 Oppenlander Oppenlander Pinot Noir
Comptche & Mendocino County, $52.00
443 cases produced
Male: Dark baked cherry aromas. Bright red fruit in the mouth. Light barrel elements enhance the red fruit. Nice acid on the finish. Evolving. This wine will improve with more bottle aging and/or decant and let it breathe. 86
Lula Cellars 2012 Costa Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mendocino, $45.00
600 cases produced
Male: Floral notes, a touch of sea air and tart black cherry aromas. Black cherry carries onto the palate with a touch of spice and smoked meats on the finish. Pleasant acid. Tannins are quite present right now but there is enough fruit to age gracefully. 86
M Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir
Grand River Valley, $27.17
342 cases produced
Male: Violets, fraise de bois, a hint of rose, cherry, and earthy aromatic. Creamy texture with sour cherry fruit up front and coffee notes on the finish. 86
Rizzo Winery 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, $28.00
498 cases produced
Male: Light red cherry and rhubarb with forest floor and freshly turned earth. Secondary notes of cola berry. Light red cherry and hints of raspberry on the palate with leather and light spice notes. 86
Brandborg 2012 Estate Ferris Wheel Estate Pinot Noir
Elkton Oregon, $38.00
195 cases produced
Male: Maraschino cherry nose with floral accents. A bit light in body. Light strawberry flavors entry building to more depth on the finish. Light tannins and a tart strawberry finish. Simple but well made. 85
Comanche Cellars 2011 Pinot Noir
Santa lucia Highlands, $34.00
150 cases produced
Male: Cherry, rhubarb and light graham cracker crust throughout. Well constructed wine. 85
Cubanisimo Vineyards 2012 Rumba Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, $26.00
294 cases produced
Male: Very dark in the glass. Strongly shows baking spices, dark fruit and white pepper. Pretty mouthfeel, lots of soft fruit and spices. 85
Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery 2011 Heather's Hill Blocks 1 & 2 Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $38.00
440 cases produced
Male: Barnyard and sour cherry aromas. The silky palate shows black cherry and cherry with an underlying black pepper character. Nice acid on the finish. Pleasant. 85
Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery 2012 Kelly's Press Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $26.00
475 cases produced
Male: Gorgeous color. Baking spices and cinnamon dominate the nose with red fruit in the background. Raspberry flavors with tangerine notes that characterize the acidity. Black and red fruitSoft and delicate fruit over the mid-palate with a somewhat angular and defined finish. 85
Redwood Creek Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
Male: Cherry, cherry cola, Jolly rancher cherry candy in the nose and in the mouth. Simple and fun. 85
Truscott 2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $14.95
1297 cases produced
Male: Sweet candied nose…Jolly rancher cherry. Simple juicy palate. A sipper. 80

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