13th Pinot Noir Shootout Results
Scores: Men 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

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
Masterpiece 2013 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, $14.00
581 cases produced
Male: 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
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
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
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
Wollersheim Winery 2013 Pinot Noir
American, $17.00
1800 cases produced
Male: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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