13th Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Women Judges Bang for your Buck

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


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


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

BARRA of Mendocino 2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Mendocino, $20.00
858 cases produced
Female: There's a delightful complexity to the aromatics. Lush ripe cherry combine with black raspberry and cola notes with a hint of cassis. Palate is lush yet very well proportioned with nice layering of both red and black fruit and noted stonefruit with a hint of blood orange. Fine grained tannins give just enough structure to the fruit profile that moves effortlessly toward the back palate and a graceful finish that dances with lots of acidity. 90
Fleur de California 2014 Pinot Noir Rose
North Coast, $16.00
650 cases produced
Female: Inviting aromas of fresh cherry and ripe freshly picked strawberry. Spring flowers with a hint of plum. Palate dances across the mouth with fresh cherry juice and tasty young strawberries. A nice touch of rhubarb adds bounce to the palate. Finishes bright and fresh. Perfect picnic wine. 90
J. Lohr 2013 Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir
Monterey County, $17.00
35000 cases produced
Female: Intense dark cherry and plum aromas with hints of rhubarb and cola. Seductive fruit forward palate with dusty floral notes surrounding blue and red fruit flavors. There is a wonderful explosion of fruit flavors toward the end of the palate. 90
Lucas & Lewellen 2014 Estate Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $18.00
582 cases produced
Female: Subdued floral nose with cranberry back notes. Pretty, tart red fruit on entry moving to light strawberry flavors. Great food wine. Nice acid. 90
Masterpiece 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $14.00
581 cases produced
YELLOWFemale: Dusty cherry aromas with orange zest and coffee notes. Cassia and sage flavors on the palate. Lovely balance. 90
Oak Ridge 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 84% Pinot Noir-16% Zinfandel
Lodi, $12.99
850 cases produced
Female: Nicely elevated black fruit notes of black cherry and plum with ripe strawberry and soft notes of baking spice. A back drop of floral notes and rose petals. An exotic palate of rich fruit centered around blood orange and ripe black raspberry. Ripe cranberry flavors towards the finish. A silky mouthfeel with very soft tannins providing just enough structure to keep it moving towards a bright finish that is very pleasing. Different but very appealing. Lovely picnic or brunch wine perhaps with a bit of a chill. 90
Pedroncelli 2013 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $20.00
3239 cases produced
Female: Strawberry, cherry, plum, leather, cinnamon and a hint of anise aromatics lead to a light strawberry entry building to cherry and black cherry mid with light brown sugar and fig accents. Tart cherry with lovely cinnamon accents on the finish which shows great acid. A well made showy wine. 90
Wollersheim Winery 2013 Pinot Noir
American, $17.00
1800 cases produced
GUNMETALFemale: Aromas of baked pie crust, raspberry, cassis, warm spice, rhubarb, strawberry, and tangerine sections open to a lovely Pinot Noir with lots of red fruit, spice complements and orange zest back notes. The long finish shows tangy pomegranate with touches of cola and smoked tea. "The judging panel was shocked and delighted to discover the origin of this wine. What fun!" 90
Armitage 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, $18.00
50 cases produced
Female: Fresh strawberries, rose petals and a touch of cinnamon as a back note. Lovely aromatics. Bright red fruit on entry, lovely fruit without sweetness. Complementing tannins. 89
Baus Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, $18.00
2600 cases produced
Female: Lots of lavender on the nose with strawberry and oak back notes. The palate shows rhubarb and blackberry with coffee and mocha on the elegant finish. This is a very youthful wine. 89
Cline Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, $17.99
14100 cases produced
Female: Floral notes combine with wild berry and black cherry with secondary notes of strawberry and cola berry. Palate works nicely to replicate the nose on this wine with layers of both strawberry and black fruit. Spice and nutmeg accent the finish. 89
Coomber Family Ranch Vintners Collection 2012 Vintners Collection Pinot Noir
California, $19.99
450 cases produced
Female: Warm spice and baked black cherry with a hint of vanilla and coffee on the nose. Easy on the palate with a nice array of cherry and strawberry flavors combining nicely with spice elements. Interesting notes of dill and mint linger on the finish. 89
Lucas & Lewellen 2013 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County, $20.00
5222 cases produced
Female: Soft raspberry aromas lead to a silky palate with plenty of the zesty blueberry and raspberry notes. Just a hint of white pepper in the finish. Very well-developed and pleasing. 89
Weibel Family 2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $16.95
380 cases produced
Female: Lavender and strawberry aromatics. Cooked strawberry flavors throughout. A touch of acid on the finish. Simple and easy to enjoy. A lovely picnic wine. 89
Barefoot Cellars Pinot Noir
California, $6.99
Female: Pronounced cherry with delicate Bing cherry and sweet cherry licorice on the nose. Lots of dense ripe blueberry with fresh squeezed cherry juice filling the mid palate. Lush and generous with the fruit. Soft plush finish with acidity that pulls it together. Would be fun picnic wine with a little chill added. 88
Block Nine 2014 Caiden's Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $12.00
30000 cases produced
Female: Boysenberry, blueberry, dark fruit, and cola aromas with a touch of earthiness. Berry pie fruit flavors with cotton candy back notes. Some acid mid-palate. 88
Fleur de California 2012 Pinot Noir
Carneros, $18.00
11000 cases produced
Female: Simple and pleasant. Strawberry and sour cherry from start to finish. Lovely picnic wine. 88
Girasole Vineyards 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
Mendocino County, $16.00
5700 cases produced
Female: Dusty red fruit on the nose leads to fresh raspberry and strawberry flavors moving into a long fruit driven finish. 88
Pleasures 2013 Pinot Noir
Califonia, $10.00
3800 cases produced
Female: Soft smoky red cherry, candied cherry, strawberry, and graham cracker aromatics. Cloves and nutmeg surround the cherry flavors on opening through mid-palate with a soft finish. 88
Grady Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir
Lodi, $20.00
140 cases produced
Female: Cranberry, read currant, savory smoked meats, and pine forest aromas. Strawberries and cooked strawberries in the mouth with baking spice accents. Nicely balanced. 87
Old Soul 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 87% Pinot Noir-13% Zinfandel
Lodi, $13.99
2743 cases produced
Female: If your like chocolate covered cherries than this is your wine. Aromas of sweet cherry and intense black fruit. Lush and dense on the palate with great depth of black fruit and ultra ripe plum along with a supporting cast of chewy tannins and surprising acidity. A very tasty out of the box style for Pinot Noir. 87
Redwood Creek Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
Female: Sweet plum and blackberry jam aromas are surrounded by baking spice and citrus notes. The palate is lush and smooth with a dark fruit profile. 87
Turning Leaf Vineyards Pinot Noir
California, $8.00
Female: Candied sweet cherry with a hint of chocolate. Palate is soft and lush with lots of sweet ripe cherry and black cherry fruit. A touch of spice and black licorice towards the finish. Just enough acidity and structure to make the rich fruit profile work. 87
3-Girls 2013 Maggio-Reynolds Family Vineyards 87% Pinot Noir -13% Zinfandel
Lodi, $12.99
6500 cases produced
Female: Intense black fruit profile with lots of edgy barrel spice notes on the nose. The black fruit aromas give way to warm lush blueberry and plum on the palate. Barrel notes again find their way into the flavor profile where they create a root beer touched by cinnamon presence. Interesting and tasty. 86
Poiema Pinot Noir 2012 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, $19.99
400 cases produced
Female: Dusty red cherry and roasted tomato aromas lead to a velvety textured palate where black pepper and herbal accents complement this wine. Would pair well with the Margherita pizza. 86
Helena Ranch 2013 Maggio - Reynolds Family Vineyards 75.4% Pinot Noir & 24.6% Assorted Varietals
California, $8.99
2300 cases produced
Female: Red cherry raises its head and peeks out in the aromatics. Lush mouthfeel with ripe dark cherry and pleasant acid. 85
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