2005 Malm Cellars Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 118 cases, $19. Highly-touted and a Los
Angeles Times Wine of the Week. A reserve
release has been highly recommended in the press as well.
Classy bottle with wax capsule which is unusual for wine in this price
range. The wine shows an impressive core of plums, blackberries, cassis, and spice. The aromatics are
wanting, but this is not a wine made to contemplate, but to suck down with a good hamburger.
2005 Kanzler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Very deep ruby color. Bright
plum and blackberries with herbal overtones are the theme. Silky in texture with a plush mouth feel and a
tangy finish. A big tiger with a pussycat sensibility. A bigger style that I liked alot.
2004 Louis Guntrum Spätbergunder Trocken
13.0% alc. Imported by Broadbent
Selections, Inc. San Francisco.
Medium-bodied with sour cherry and cranberry flavors. Unusual
wood notes throughout (doubt French oak). Soft tannins and decent balance. A quaff.
2003 Talisman Ted’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 259
Light in color, this wine still delivers the goods with dark fruits and mushrooms
in the nose and lovely cherry fruits on the mid-palate. Earthiness, vanilla and spice add charm.
Brisk acidity and residual oak tannins on the finish indicate a need for further cellaring. A Pinot with a light
touch that one could spend time with.
2003 Miura Silacci Vineyard Monterey County Pinot Noir
$54. Vinified by Byron
Kosuge (formerly Saintsbury, now B. Kosuge Wines, Mirua, and Kinston Family in
The nose opens with air time to appealing berry, spice and oak aromas. Flavors of
dark Pinot fruits have a rustic and earthy edge. A soft, elegant style with gossamer tannins.
The nose trumps the flavors at this stage.